Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls

Statement Regarding Civil Union Comments by Pope Francis

Sioux Falls/Rapid City (October 22, 2020)
Yesterday, it was reported that Pope Francis personally endorsed civil unions for same-sex attracted persons. According to the initial media report, these comments were offered in a Spanish-language documentary film. At this time we do not know the accuracy of the translation or the context of the Holy Father’s words. As with past media reporting on informal remarks by the Holy Father, further communications may be forthcoming from the Holy See or the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The bishops of South Dakota will provide counsel or teaching as needed at such time that complete information is available.

Contact: Chris Motz, Executive Director, cmotz@sdcatholicconference.org

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Listen to a short discussion between Dr. Chris Burgwald and Chris Motz on this subject.