Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Pope Francis has asked the Catholic church to look at the possibility of recognizing civil unions for gay couples. Dolan went on to say that would be “uncomfortable” if the church embraced that position.
Last week Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera published an interview in which Francis restated the churches position on marriage "between man and a woman" but acknowledges governments stance on adopting civil unions for gay couples and others to allow for economic and health benefits, for example.
The published interview caught like wild-fire and forced the Vatican to quickly clarify what the Pope was saying.
They wrote, he was speaking in general terms and that people “should not try to read more into the pope’s words than what has been stated.”
Archbishop Dolan on "Meet the Press" when asked about civil unions said Francis was telling Catholics “we need to think about that and look into it and see the reasons that have driven” the public to accept them.
"Rather than quickly condemn them … let’s just ask the questions as to why that has appealed to certain people," said Dolan