Ellen Degeneres, Kerry Washington, and Piers Morgan praise Pope Francis for his support for the LGBTQ+ community
Pope Francis shook up the religious world after endorsing same-sex civil unions for the first time in his papacy during an interview for the documentary “Francesco,” which was premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival.
Ellen Degeneres said, “Thank you , Pope Francis, for seeing love for what it is,” in a post to instagram. Kerry Washington posted a GIF of herself dancing with the caption, “From one Pope to another….”
For years it has been known that the Catholic Church has disapproved of same sex unionship or LGBTQ+ persons. Pope Francis has been known as an archbishop to have supported the LGBTQ+ community, but this is the first time he’s endorsed it during his papacy.
The announcement brings light to many believers who have turned away from the Catholic Church because of older values. Many members of the LGBTQ community still believe in Christ but have had limited places to turn after being raised Catholic and shamed by family or friends about religion.
Pope Francis has been known for movements in support of the environment, poverty stricken individuals, migration, racial equality and now support for the LGBTQ+ community as the Pope.
“Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God,” he said in a sit-down interview for the ‘Francesco’ film, “What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered.”
The comments of Pope Francis will now affect the way churches endourse homosexuality. In the past the church as taught that the gay community must be treated with dignity and respect but now the churches will have the right to spiritually guide those who are in same sex relationships as equally as heterosexual couples.
Piers Morgan commented on Pope Francis’ stance saying, “Wow! As a Catholic, this makes me very happy, well done @pointfex”.
Catholic Churches are expected to start making adjustments for services and prayers within the coming months to be more inviting towards the LGBTQ+ community.