Okay, this is huge!

Courtesy of WaPo:

In a new documentary, Pope Francis has called for the creation of civil union laws for same-sex couples, in remarks that break from the Catholic Church’s official teaching and mark his clearest support to date for the issue.

In the documentary, according to the Catholic News Agency, Francis says same-sex couples should be “legally covered.”

“What we have to create is a civil union law,” he said.

Francis has long expressed an interest in outreach to the church’s LGBT followers, but his remarks have often stressed general understanding and welcoming — rather than substantive policies.

Priests in some parts of the world bless same-sex marriage, but that stance — and Francis’s new remarks — are a departure from official church teaching.

Now look I realize that this is still quite some distance from supporting same-sex marriage, but when you compare it to the church’s past stance on homosexuality which was essentially “burn them with fire” this is some fairly impressive progress. 

I still despise the Catholic Church and most of what it stands for, but you gotta give the devil his due.

Did you see what I did there?