(HorizonPost.com) – A documentary film intends to create a factual story on a specific subject matter. But when an activist manipulates film clips and uses that title as the veneer to lend credence to their pet agenda, there’s a problem.
Such was the case when gay filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky presented his “documentary” at the Rome Film Festival, making it seem that Pope Francis approves of gay marriage. Based on his manipulative use of the Pope’s words, news services around the world spread the lie.
The Vatican responded, issuing a statement and denying that they had changed their long-held position on the matter. The official doctrine of the Holy See is one of respecting gay people, but “cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behaviour [sic]…”
VATICAN: Part where Pope Francis said 'it is an incongruence to speak of homosexual marriage' was cut
'Pope Francis was referring to certain state provisions and certainly not the doctrine of the Church…’
— Darren McCaffrey (@DarrenEuronews) November 2, 2020
Things like this shine a spotlight on the need for people to stop taking everything as truth simply because it’s “gone viral.” The fact that somebody with 100 million Instagram followers put something on their feed doesn’t — or at least shouldn’t — absolve one from the need to vet the information on their own.
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