Pope Benedict signals inter-faith alliance against legalising gay marriage
The pope’s latest denunciation of gay marriage came in a Christmas address to Vatican officials in which he blended religion, philosophy, anthropology and sociology to illustrate the position of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Vatican has gone on the offensive in response to gains for gay marriage in the United States and Europe, using every possible opportunity to denounce it through papal speeches or editorials in its newspaper or on its radio station.
Throwing the full weight of his office behind a study by France’s chief rabbi on the effects the legalization of gay marriage would have on children and society, he said:
“There is no denying the crisis that threatens it (the family) to its foundations – especially in the Western world.”
The family had to be protected because it was “the authentic setting in which to hand on the blueprint of human existence”, he added.
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