March 20th, 2013
08:03 PM ET

Hints of reform found in new Pope's past

Would Pope Francis ever allow gay unions in the Catholic Church?

In the days following his selection, many speculated that he would continue to exclude gays and lesbians from the church based on previous comments he has made. But according to the New York Times, the newly elected pontiff privately supported civil unions for gay couples when he was the archbishop of Buenos Aires in 2010.

Then-Cardinal Bergoglio publicly opposed gay marriage, but his willingness behind-the-scenes to reportedly accept civil unions as a compromise with Argentinian society offers new insight into how he may lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

Outfront tonight with more insight is Father Edward Beck, host of The Sunday Mass on ABC Family and a CNN contributor.

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