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Pope shocked by Malta’s Civil Union Bill

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Pope Francis is “shocked” by Malta’s Civil Unions Bill, which will allow gay couples to adopt children, Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna has told The Sunday Times of Malta.

Bishop Scicluna who used his Christmas homily to reiterate that a family had to be built around a man and a woman, said he had aired these concerns with Pope Francis when he met him on December 12 and was encouraged to speak out.

“We discussed many aspects...and when I raised the issue that’s worrying me as a bishop [the right for gay couples to adopt] he encouraged me to speak out," Bishop Scicluna said.

Pope Francis is said to have told the Maltese bishop that Christmas is no fairy tale, and one should face reality.

In 2010, when still Bishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis had argued the Argentinian law allowing gay marriages was part of Satan's work to disrupt God's plan. He had also described gay adoption as a form of discrimination against children. However when questions about gays after being elected Pontiff, he replied "who am I to judge?"

When Parliament reconvenes, MP's will continue discussing the Civil Union's Bill, giving gay couples the same rights and duties as married couples.

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