“This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself” -Pope Benedict XVI
The pope made his strongest comments against gay marriage in a new year address to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican in which he touched on some economic and social issues facing the world today.
He told diplomats from nearly 180 countries that the education of children needed proper “settings” and that “pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman.”
The Vatican and Catholic officials have protested against moves to legalize gay marriage in Europe and other developed parts of the world. Gay marriage is legal in a number of advanced civilized European countries, including Spain and the Netherlands.
One leading opponent of gay marriage in the United States is New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who fought against gay marriage before it became legal in New York state last June, and in September sent a letter to President Barack Obama criticizing his administration’s decision not to support a federal ban on gay marriage.
The Roman Catholic Church, which has some 1.3 billion members worldwide, teaches that while homosexual tendencies are not sinful, homosexual acts are, and that children should grow up in a traditional family with a mother and a father.
“The family unit is fundamental for the educational process and for the development both of individuals and states; hence there is a need for policies which promote the family and aid social cohesion and dialogue,” Benedict told the diplomats.
Threats To Humanity? Plentiful, but…
Listen, Pope… I’m supposed to take seriously a sheltered, celibate man who dresses in medieval garb? A dress, no less? The validity of your ideas are so far removed from reality, that it confounds why your banal utterances are even reported as news.
Truth be known, Pope, there are real threats to the future of Humanity:
-It’s the Catholic Church that is a threat to the “Future of Humanity”. Look no further than all of the sex scandals rocking the Catholic world, the young boys’ lives you’ve ruined, the deaths you have caused. It’s shameful and an embarrassment to modern civilization.
-Humanity — the quality or lack thereof — as you advocate… a threat to future of Humanity.
-Great threat to the future of Humanity: uncontrolled human breeding, which all the major religions not only accept but vigorously promote. Ergo, it’s not a stretch to say that organized religion itself is a threat to the future of humanity, based purely on its stance on birth control.
-Far more than an honest, loving “gay marriage,” it is ” Catholic intolerance” as the threat to Humanity.
– A clear example of one of the great problems of the world today: “Half” the population has entered the 21st century and the other “half” still has its head in the Dark Ages. All of this “old world” thinking is being driven by the established religions of the world… science and logical thinking be damned.
The Catholic Church. Still hundreds of years behind the times.
No church should ever be forced to recognize gay marriage, or any other kind of marriage which violates its moral standards, but that is NOT the issue at hand, here. Pope Benedict is not worried that the laws of various countries will force his church to accept gay marriages, he is worried that laws allowing gay marriage would allow other religions to recognize them. He wants our government to enforce the Catholic Church’s version of morality.
The Taliban is an evil in the world because it is intolerant, ruthless, and dictatorial… NOT because it is Muslim. Your Christian Taliban is no better.
“We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are, and must remain, separate.” – Ronald Reagan