(10-21-20) Pope Francis has called for legislation to protect same-sex couples, according to comments he made in a new documentary (“Francesco”: new documentary on the life and teaching of Pope Francis) that mark a break from Catholic doctrine and are being hailed by LGBTQ rights groups as a big step.

What the Pope says in the documentary –

While serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis endorsed civil unions for gay couples as an alternative to same-sex marriages. But has never come out publicly in favor of civil unions as pope, and no pontiff before him had, either.

Pope Francis has ministered to gays and transsexual prostitutes and welcomed people in gay partnerships into his inner circle. One of them was his former student, Yayo Grassi, who along with his partner visited Francis at the Vatican’s Washington D.C. embassy during the pope’s 2015 visit to the U.S.

Bill Donohue, president of the U.S.-based Catholic League, a conservative group.

“It’s not going to change doctrine. He doesn’t have the authority to do that anyhow.I think it’s going to be greeted with a great deal of mass confusion on the part of the laity. … I think the lack of clarity is the most disturbing thing about this.”

James Martin a Jesuit priest, editor at large America Magazine, author of “Learning to Pray” and “Jesus: A Pilgrimage,” consultor to the Dicastery for Communication

Mercer County long known as the Land of the CrossTipped Churches, is derived from the dense concentration of large Catholic churches that dominate the area’s architecture. How will the Pope’s statement impact local parishioners?

The documentary to be released on October 25th.

Trailer: “Francesco”: new documentary on the life and teaching of Pope Francis