DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — In a break from tradition, Pope Francis endorsed civil unions of same-sex couples — a move that has caught many Catholics the world over off guard.
Dr. Sandra Yocum, a professor of faith and culture at the University of Dayton, said that the pope is not advocating a change in church teachings related to the sacrament of marriage.
The news of his decision comes from a documentary that will not air in the U.S. until Sunday.
As far as this being the beginning of a conversation about same-sex marriage, Yocum said she see’s this as a continuation of a dialogue focused on giving respect to same-sex couples. That his message is more about everyone having a right to a family and community.