Amid Same-sex Marriage Debate in U.S., Pope Francis Affirms Stance on Traditional Marriage

Pope Francis attends the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square on Wednesday at the Vatican. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters/Max Rossi)
Pope Francis attends the weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square on Wednesday at the Vatican. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters/Max Rossi)

One day after the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges—the outcome of which may dictate the future of same-sex marriage in the United States—Pope Francis on Wednesday publicly affirmed his stance on traditional marriage between men and women.

Though he made no specific mention of the case before the court during his daily general audience, the pope reiterated his position that marriage is only between one man and one woman. “Jesus teaches us that the masterpiece of society is the family: the man and the woman who love each other,” he said.

The leader of the Catholic Church lamented: “In many countries, the number of separations is increasing, while the number of children is in decline.”

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SOURCE: Newsweek, Taylor Wofford

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