Bergoglio Claims Benedict Backed Him Up On Rights For LGBT Couples?

Does anyone really believe this dubious claim by Francis?

Pope Francis found an ally in his predecessor Benedict XVI when he spoke in favour of civil partnerships for same-sex couples, the pontiff said in a new book due out in Spain.

The work is set for publication on Wednesday, but its contents were shared in advance on Tuesday with several media, including Reuters.

Francis has confirmed the Catholic Church’s opposition to LGBT marriages, but has repeatedly said same-sex couples have a right to be protected by civil union laws.

A greater openness towards the LGBT community has been one of the hallmarks of his 11-year papacy, but the more conservative Benedict was not known as sympathetic to the cause.

Nevertheless, Francis said Benedict stood up for him before an unnamed group of cardinals who had gone to him to complain about the pope’s “heresies” on civil partnerships.

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