Pope Francis has reportedly been “shocked” by a bill allowing gay couples to adopt children in Malta.
Maltese Bishop Charles Scicluna told the Times of Malta that he spoke
with Pope Francis about the bill and the Pope encouraged him to speak
out against it.
The Holy See’s reaction may come as a surprise to those who have viewed him as progressive on gay rights.
LGBT magazine ‘The Advocate’ even named him their person of the year,
citing his comments about homosexuals. “Who am I to judge a gay person
of goodwill who seeks the Lord?” he told reporters in Italian in July.
Despite his July comments, the Pope has a long history of being
against gay rights.
He has come out strongly opposed to same-sex
marriage and called it “a destructive attack” on God’s plan.
Lawmakers in Malta introduced a bill in the autumn to allow civil
unions and same-sex adoptions.
The legislature is expected to continue
debating the proposed law in the coming year.