Byrnes: 'Pope's statement on same-sex union 'does not alter Church teaching'

Seeking to clarify Pope Francis's recent endorsement of same-sex union, Guam Archbishop Michael Byrnes said the pontifical statement does not entail a reversal of the Catholic Church's stance on marriage.

"In his papacy, the Holy Father has historically expressed great compassion and concern for our brothers and sisters who struggle with same-sex attraction. Rightfully so," Byrnes said.

"However, he has repeatedly affirmed Church teaching on marriage, that marriage as designed by God, is a union of a man and a woman.