The 76-year-old Argentinean, who will be known as Pope Francis, has also said that same-sex adoption is a form of discrimination and abuse against children.
In 2010, he fought against the introduction of same-sex marriage and adoption rights in his home country of Argentina saying that the population would ‚Äúface a situation whose outcome can seriously harm the family,‚ÄĚ Pink News reports.
He added: ‚ÄúAt stake is the identity and survival of the family: father, mother and children. At stake are the lives of many children who will be discriminated against in advance, and deprived of their human development given by a father and a mother and willed by God. At stake is the total rejection of God‚Äôs law engraved in our hearts.‚ÄĚ
He went on to describe introducing equality as a move from ‚Äúthe ‚ÄėFather of Lies‚Äô who seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God‚ÄĚ. In the Gospel of John, ‚Äėthe Father of Lies‚Äô is a term for the Devil.