Marielena Montesino de Stuart
SPECIAL REPORT: Francis: First "Pope" to have favored homosexual civil unions
By Marielena Montesino de Stuart
March 20, 2013

Special edition of Clarín, Argentina's largest newspaper, with a special report by Bergoglio's biographer, Sergio Rubin.

Francis, the first Cardinal from the Western Hemisphere to be elected as a successor of St. Peter, is being painted as a staunch conservative and traditionalist, mostly in Europe and the United States.

I have been saying from the first moment, that such reports are inaccurate, based on Bergoglio's record.

Since Wednesday, March 13, when the former Cardinal Bergoglio received the majority of votes in the Conclave and became Francis – I immediately began to report on his background, providing detailed information, which shows Bergoglio's betrayal of sacred and non-negotiable Roman Catholic traditions and teachings.

Clarín is Argentina's largest newspaper. On Sunday, March 17 Clarín published a special edition on Francis and his life, leading up to his last day as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, of Buenos Aires.

Bergoglio's biographer, Sergio Rubin, wrote a special report in the aforementioned edition of Clarín, outlining (on page 8) how Bergoglio had shrewdly approached the issue of gay marriage, by taking a "moderate" approach in support of homosexual civil unions – and instructing his peers to do the same. The Episcopate of Argentina (the equivalent of the USCCB) opposed him – and Bergoglio was forced to confront the issue.

This is unprecedented – and makes Francis the first "Pope" to have favored homosexual unions.

The following is a translation of the original Clarín text in Spanish:

TRANSLATION INTO ENGLISH by Marielena Montesino de Stuart. [My comments appear inside brackets]:

"Bergoglio became the leading exponent of the moderate wing of the Church in Argentina, after a long conservative dominance. Bergoglio applied great political shrewdness and distanced himself from reactionary policies [traditional / conservative policies] and proposed to his peers an accommodating attitude when approaching the debate over the gay marriage law. He believed, first, that Kirchner [Argentina's president] would resort to everything, by any means possible, in order to pass the law. On the other hand, he thought that a tough stance by the Church would be counterproductive. This is why he favored the acceptance of civil unions and a moderate approach. However, this was the only time he lost a vote in the Episcopate. The hardliners won."


«Bergoglio se convirtió en el principal exponente del ala moderada de la Iglesia argentina después de una larga hegemonía de los conservadores. De gran olfato político y distante de las posiciones reaccionarias, propuso a sus pares una actitud contemporizadora cuando se avecinaba el debate por la ley de matrimonio gay. Creía, por un lado, que Kirchner haría todo, apelando a buenas y malas artes, con tal de que se aprobara la ley. Y, por el otro lado, pensaba que un discurso duro de la Iglesia iba a ser contraproducente. Por eso, se inclinaba por la aceptación de la unión civil y por un discurso moderado. Sin embargo, fue la única vez que perdió una votación en el Episcopado. Ganó la posición dura

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