Before anyone gets too excited about Pope Francis’ latest interview wherein he suggests that the Church could tolerate civil unions that mimic marriage but cannot possibly be marriage, let’s recall the unambiguous teaching of Pope Benedict XVI on the matter:
In those situations where homosexual unions have been legally recognized or have been given the legal status and rights belonging to marriage, clear and emphatic opposition is a duty. One must refrain from any kind of formal cooperation in the enactment or application of such gravely unjust laws and, as far as possible, from material cooperation on the level of their application. In this area, everyone can exercise the right to conscientious objection.
Clear enough? You have a duty to oppose what has become known as “civil unions” because they are gravely unjust. You must not formally cooperate with them under any circumstances. You must refrain from material cooperation insofar as possible. You are encouraged to exercise conscientious objection even in cases of material cooperation. None of this “it is necessary to look at the diverse cases and evaluate them in their variety” nonsense!