Pope Francis has told an Italian newspaper that the Catholic church might find civil unions between same-sex couples acceptable.
The Pope was sure to reiterate to the large Italian daily, Corriere della Sera that ‘marriage is between a man and a woman.’
But he went on to say: ‘The secular states uses civil unions to accommodate various arrangements of living together, driven by the need to regulate the economic relationship between people, such as ensuring health care.’
He added: ‘These are pacts of coexistence of various kinds, of which I could not identify the different forms. We have to look at different cases and evaluate them in their variety.’
Pope Francis, who marks one year in office on 13 March, has been a contrast to his predecessor Pope Benedict who took many anti-gay positions during his years in power.
The current Pope said last year of gays: ‘Who am I to judge?’