Pope Reiterates View that Same-Sex Marriage is “Anthropological Regression”

A Maltese bishop has said Pope Francis is “saddened” by legislative proposals in Malta to extend equality legislation to homosexual couples and reiterated his view that same-sex marriage is an “anthropological regression.”

In an interview with Avvenire published today, Auxiliary Bishop of Malta Charles J. Scicluna said that when he met Pope Francis on
Dec. 12, he expressed his concern to the Pope about the proposed law. “The Pope showed his sadness at this development, especially on the question of adoption.”

He added: “I told him that the promoters [of the bill] quote his words: ‘If a person is gay and seek the Lord and have good will, who
am I to judge?’ but they don’t quote his words from 2010 when he was still Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires. The Pope repeated
the phrase of his letter of 2010: ‘It’s an anthropological regression.'”