Franklin Graham was furious after Pope Francis “legally” called for civil union laws to protect same-sex couples.
According to the Catholic News Agency, the pontiff veered away from traditional Catholic teachings with comments supporting LGBTQ people in a new documentary called Francesco – which premiered at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday.
In a segment of the documentary that reflected on pastoral care for those who identify as LGBT, the Pope said of homosexuals:
“They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it.”
“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered.”
“I stood up for that.”
But Graham—who is the son of late Rev. Billy Graham—strongly disagreed.
Evangelical Protestant Franklin Graham attacks Pope Francis over Pope’s push for civil unions for gays: ‘The cross would have been for nothing’ https://t.co/ssOBahhBeU
— Bill Wong (@ten24get) October 22, 2020
In a Facebook post, the conservative preacher told his over nine million followers the Pope’s comments were “unthinkable in light of the Word of God.”
He continued, in part:
“For Pope Francis to attempt to normalize homosexuality is to say that Holy Scriptures are false, that our sins really don’t matter, and that we can continue living in them.”
“If that were true, then Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection wouldn’t have been needed. The cross would have been for nothing.”
Should we normalize men with imaginary friends who have a mysterious interest in the sexual activities of others?
— Eleanor The Great (@Eleanor_Greet) October 22, 2020
How about un-normalize living in the 1800s
— Dustin O'Donnell (@dustinodesign) October 22, 2020
If he thinks the Pope is too liberal, wait until he meets Jesus
— Carolyna (@Carolyn_Ladybug) October 22, 2020
Graham referenced the Old Testament to reiterate that “a male husband and a female wife, then their children” is how God defined family.
@Franklin_Graham before you completely melt down over Pope Francis' acceptance of gay civil unions, perhaps you should open a bible and reflect on Matthew 25:40. It describes what a Christian should actually be like. Maybe you'll learn something about Jesus. Have a nice day.
— Jim Parker (@JParkerSD46) October 22, 2020
Pope Francis is a unifying force and much needed better angel than Franklin Graham and his altar of hate https://t.co/VkI6e0F5TK
— Cheryl Amber Dotson (@GODZILLASLAYS65) October 22, 2020
And let’s remember @Franklin_Graham get tax deductible paychecks from his organization. He’s just a GOP spokesperson
— janet (@ProudGma9) October 22, 2020
Hey Graham. The 14th century called. It wants its ignorant attitudes back.
— Alan Black (@00Alan00) October 22, 2020
Graham concluded his post by insinuating that hell will be waiting for the “unrepentant.”
“I want everyone to know the truth and to find the peace that comes only from fully surrendering our lives to Him and His commands.”
“The consequence of an unrepentant, unbelieving heart is also clear in the Word of God—eternal death.”
“Unless we repent and receive His offer of forgiveness, surrendering our lives to Him, we will spend eternity as part of a different family when we leave this earth—the family of the condemned.”
My church teaches us to love our neighbor. Try it yourself, Frankie.
— Pinot Grigio (@Pyannobench) October 22, 2020
Fear not Frankie. Phobia is so unbecoming.
— John C Libert (@JohnCLibert3) October 22, 2020
Catholic here. Franklin Graham should mind his own business. Pope Francis is brought more people back to the Catholic Church than the previous three popes combined. You don’t get to tell other religions what to do. You might want to worry about your own.
— Mary (@ImLMHK) October 22, 2020
Only proves Franklin Graham rose to prominence for discriminating against some of God's children.
— Patricia M. DCruz (@pat_dcruz) October 22, 2020
I'd say the Pope is attempting to humanize Christianity.
— Acidy (@LikeInTheWater) October 22, 2020
Can we just jettison the evangelical wackados and restart America with 5G instead of the Jesus Wifi please thanks.
— Tulsi Gabbard's Cow (@TulsiCow) October 22, 2020
Francesco, directed by Evgeny Afineevsky, focuses on the life and teachings of Pope Francis and is set for its U.S. debut on Sunday at the Savannah Film Festival.