Pope Francis and the United Methodist Church

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Pope Francis is moving to the UMC position.

"Pope Francis' support for civil unions for gay and lesbian couples sets him at odds with both Catholic doctrine and The United Methodist Church. "

Equal Rights Regardless of Sexual Orientation
Certain basic human rights and civil liberties are due all persons. We are committed to supporting those rights and liberties for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation.

We see a clear issue of simple justice in protecting the rightful claims where people have shared material resources, pensions, guardian relationships, mutual powers of attorney, and other such lawful claims typically attendant to contractual relationships that involve shared contributions, responsibilities, and liabilities, and equal protection before the law."
Book of Discipline, UMC 2016

I don't know how one would read this as being anything other than supportive of the legal right to civil unions for gay couples. We only avoid using the terms "civil union" but describe the legal rights entailed in the union. That's not a "pastoral" point. Its the official doctrine of the UMC.

Bill 126 days ago