News reports that Pope Francis supported civil unions as a compromise strategy when he was archbishop in Argentina have given hope to LGBT-affirming Catholics that he may be a pope who will be willing to soften the hard line that the Vatican has taken on the issue of marriage equality and same-gender relationships under the papacies of John Paul II and Benedict XVI.
If Pope Francis does institute the same policy as pope that he promoted in Argentina, he will be in good company with other bishops around the globe on this matter. As Bondings 2.0 has been reporting over the last year or so, there has been a growing trend of more openness to same-gender relationships, including civil union support, by a number of bishops and church leader from various nations.
Bondings 2.0 has been taking note of this trend since December 2011, when Archbishop Vincent…
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