Pope Benedict signals inter-faith alliance against legalising gay marriage

December 21, 2012

(Pope Benedict XVI attends Christmas greetings with the Roman curia at the Clementine hall at the Vatican December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Alessandra Tarantino)

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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Like Barry Goldwater said, “you don’t have to be straight to be in the Army, you just need to shoot straight.”
The Pope should say the same thing to his diminishing flock: “You don’t have to be straight to worship God in a Catholic Church; just do your cross straight.”
With all the other pressing problems facing the World, surely the Pope could have found a less divisive issue to talk about.
Yet he wasted a chance to send us a unifying message — in the most receptive Holiday Season.
The devout will never correct the Pope, but Christ Himself is lamenting yet another missed opportunity.

Posted by kafantaris | Report as abusive

On your 3rd to last paragraph: Don’t forget that Minnesota defeated a constitutional ban on gay marriage by popular vote, the first time in USA history!!!

Posted by AJAL | Report as abusive

Next week – Catholic Church brings back ducking stools and burning-coal trials for witches. Welcome the C13th with Pope Pinhead II.

Posted by NeilMcGowan | Report as abusive