Divided Reactions As Pope Backs Same-sex Civil Unions

By David Crary and Elana SchorAssociated PressLGBTQ Catholics and their allies in the U.S. welcomed Pope Francis’ endorsement of same-sex civil unions, the first time he’s done so as pontiff, while some prominent members including a bishop said that he was blatantly contradicting church teaching. Bishop Thomas Tobin, of Providence, Rhode Island, was one of the first conservative Catholic leaders to go public with criticism. “The Pope’s statement clearly contradicts what has been the long-standing teaching of the Church about same-sex unions,” Tobin said in a statement.Read more on NewsOK.com

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