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Pope uses Christmas address to wax homophobic yet again

Pope Benedict XVI was in such jolly good Christmas spirits today that he merrily PROCLAIMED his belief that gay folks are a threat to world peace:

The pope pressed his opposition to gay marriage Friday, denouncing what he described as people manipulating their God-given identities to suit their sexual choices – and destroying the very “essence of the human creature” in the process.

Benedict XVI made the comments in his annual Christmas address to the Vatican bureaucracy, one of his most important speeches of the year. He dedicated it this year to promoting traditional family values in the face of vocal campaigns in France, the United States, Britain and elsewhere to legalize same-sex marriage.

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It was the second time in a week that Benedict has taken on the question of gay marriage, which is dividing France, and which scored big electoral wins in the United States last month. In his recently released annual peace message, Benedict said gay marriage, like abortion and euthanasia, was a threat to world peace.

After the peace message was released last week, gay activists staged a small protest in St. Peter’s Square.

Church teaching holds that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered,” though it stresses that gays should be treated with compassion and dignity. As pope and as head of the Vatican’s orthodoxy watchdog before that, Benedict has been a strong enforcer of that teaching: One of the first major documents released during his pontificate said men with “deep-seated” homosexual tendencies shouldn’t be ordained priests.

For the Vatican, though, the gay marriage issue goes beyond questions of homosexuality, threatening what the church considers to be the bedrock of society: a family based on a man, woman and their children.

In his speech, the pope…said God had created man and woman as a specific “duality” – “an essential aspect of what being human is all about.”

Now, though, “Man and woman as created realities, as the nature of the human being, no longer exist. Man calls his own nature into question. From now on he is merely spirit and will.”

The Vatican’s opposition to gay marriage has been falling largely on deaf ears. Under then-Socialist leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the largely Roman Catholic Spain legalized gay marriage. Three U.S. states approved same-sex marriage by popular vote in November elections. Earlier this month, the British government announced it will introduce a bill next year legalizing gay marriage, though it would ban the Church of England from conducting same-sex ceremonies.

In France, President Francois Hollande has said he would enact his “marriage for everyone” plan within a year of taking office last May. The text will go to parliament next month. But the country has been divided by vocal opposition from religious leaders.

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  1. dogrescuer

    The pope condemns gay marriage, but he doesn’t seem to have a huge problem with his priests raping altar boys.

  2. Men who commit to chastity should not judge others regarding their sexual orientation.

  3. truth hurts

    Wow I see the liberal spin bs already out in force.

    First the catholic church (as well as jewish, muslim and a few more) are opposed to homosexual acts as a SIN.
    So not a big suprise that he would speak out against it.

    Whoda thunk it?
    I guess you be shocked and outraged that they are against abortion and murder too?

    Second the catholic church has addressed the problem of priests raping children.
    Yes they handled it badly in the past and it is a stain they do not deny.
    The last 2 popes have CONDEMED what happened and have put in place measures to PREVENT IT FROM HAPPENING IN THE FUTURE.
    They even have made it that PARENTS MUST GO THOUGH child safety courses to attent CCD with their kids.

    So save that old spin aready.

    Lastly steverio by your logic those who do not have or use guns should not tell gun owners what the second ammendment means ?

    Not so fun when mirror pointed at you is it?

  4. truth hurts: KNOCK it OFF with YOUR penchant for CAPITALIZING certain WORDS and phrases. We call that SHOUTING, and we don’t ALLOW that here. So DON’T let it happen AGAIN. Understand?

  5. truth hurts: By the way, I think we’re all well aware of what the Vatican forbids. That doesn’t mean the rest of us, including lots of Catholics, agree with those views.

    In the recent presidential election, the Republican candidate supported most of the Catholic Church’s views on hot-button social issues, and the American bishops virtually endorsed him. Several bishops even implied that voting for the wrong candidate could jeopardize one’s soul. But a majority of Catholics voted for Obama, who is pro-choice on abortion and pro-gay marriage.

  6. truth hurts – Let’s see your comment covers sex, guns and God. Yep the big three, no need to tell us how you voted.

  7. I think the moniker “truth hurts” describes his reaction to the pearls of wisdom I post here. They hurt his widdle feelings.

  8. So what is your point is Pat? That the Catholics who have strayed from the official doctrine, should be able to tell the Pope what his beliefs and long held doctrines should be?
    Heck, why don’t you being a writer or so we are told, begin a new Catholic faith and create a new Bible with the doctrine of pope pompous pious Pat.
    I guess you could all vote on what your beliefs are each year.

  9. Craig Knauss

    Wilson,

    I lived in Illinois for 50 years. For many years Illinois citizens of all faiths had to have “just cause” to get a divorce, because the Cardinal was against divorce. For many years Illinois citizens of all faiths could not get artificial birth control because the Cardinal was against birth control. The same applied to abortion. And even school lunches were meatless on Fridays because the Catholics couldn’t eat meat. I don’t ever recall my family voting for any of those beliefs, but we were subjected to them for many years because we were told “the majority is Catholic”. Well, the majority wasn’t Catholic. And we found out most Catholics didn’t want those rules either.

    You’re doing a pretty good job of being “pompous” and “pious” yourself, Wilson.

  10. You are free to believe what you want, it makes no difference to me, what real rubs me is the intolerance the left has. Man will sin against God, that is a given, but the Pope has his role and for you to think that public opinion should determine what God’s rules are is pretty pompous and pious.

    I know you probably think the Bible is just a bunch of fairy tales, so you are free to be intolerant of the ignorant masses that believe otherwise.

    I am not a Catholic and “man made” rules to me are counter to God’s word, so maybe we have common ground there.

    So I am wondering what is a Catholic?

  11. Craig Knauss

    Intolerance, Wilson? You mean like you practice? I’m only intolerant of those people who cannot mind their own business. Example: the Cardinal using the legislature to force the Catholic Churches views on everyone in the state. I have no problem with Catholics not wanting to recognize divorce. That’s their privilege. But most non-Catholics do recognize divorce and should be free to get a divorce without interference from the Cardinal. That’s intolerance? And the Pope’s role is to the Catholic Church. Protestants, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, etc. do not have a pope or even feel a need for one. Are they all intolerant? Are they all “ignorant masses”? And furthermore, I didn’t say one thing about the Bible, whichever version you are referring to, and there are plenty of versions.

    BTW, Wilson, I was married to a Catholic for 25 years. I went to more Catholic masses, baptisms, weddings (mine included), and funerals than you obviously ever did. You’re lecturing the wrong guy, bucko.

  12. shawnnrws

    Steverino and Craig have hit the nail on the head. Living under someone else’s religious rules isn’t free society. The same people who want to complain that union membership is coercion want others to follow religions we aren’t even members of. The Protestants would be be better than Catholics. I don’t think religions cause all the wars or world’s problems but they are all run like clubs. People outside the club get treated less worthy.

  13. Craig,
    Go start you own church have no doctrine and no rules, but I am guessing you would still be miserable.

  14. Well Shawnrws, tell me do people in Americas have a gun held to their head and forced to be a Catholic?
    What America do you live in?
    Man, you are so full of something and it isn’t wisdom.

  15. shawnnews

    No — and as long as we keep our government out of religion no one will have to feel coerced into belief.
    I’m not sure what you mean by the intolerance of the left. Private clubs don’t get to take away your freedom with the government. Private clubs shouldn’t make you feel like a bad citizen if you aren’t a member of their club. Private clubs don’t get to claim the country is all about their beliefs. Religions are private clubs.

  16. Well don’t join the private clubs as they are free to believe and makes the rules they choose to believe. If you don’t agree with their rules don’t join, it is a free country.
    In churches there are God’s rules and in many so called “man made” rules if you don’t like their rules don’t join and don’t attend. They have every right to make rules you don’t agree with.

    That is the problem, you progressives only see intoleance one way, your way.

  17. shawnnews

    I’m not sure if you read Craig’s example of how a private club — the Catholic Church — had government support even over the diet of others who didn’t follow the religion. I doubt if you want to follow someone else’s religion when they get a hold of the government. That’s the point of keeping the government out of the religion business. You shouldn’t be compelled to follow someone else’s religion by government coercion. Jeremiah Wright, Jesse Jackson included.

  18. Craig Knauss

    “Craig,
    Go start you own church have no doctrine and no rules, but I am guessing you would still be miserable.”

    Wilson, you don’t know a thing about what I believe or don’t believe or which churches I attend or don’t attend. As you stated, you are just “guessing”. And your guesses are always wrong. You sound like a miserable adolescent acting out for attention.

    I’m guessing that you don’t have a clue what your own doctrine is, other than criticizing the beliefs of others. You are making a fool of yourself. But, I’ll concede that you’re quite good at it.

  19. Well your guesses are right on .
    I have stated I don’t care what you believe, so how is that criticizing your beliefs?
    December 22, 2012 at 3:41 pm “You are free to believe what you want, it makes no difference to me, what real rubs me is the intolerance the left has.”

    Now who is the fool?

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