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Pope: Gay Marriage Destroys the Essence of Being Human

Pope: Gay Marriage Destroys the Essence of Being Human

The Pope has used his Christmas address to the Vatican bureaucracy to… you guessed it, hate on gays. This time he’s decided that gay people entering into marriage is against nature in such a fundamental way that it could spell the end of humankind.

“There is no denying the crisis that threatens it [the family] to its foundations — especially in the Western world,” the Pope is quoted as saying. “When such commitment is repudiated, the key figures of human existence likewise vanish: father, mother, child — essential elements of the experience of being human are lost.”

Utter nonsense of course, as some gay people marrying does not by extension delete the mother, the father or the child, and to infer that it does is beyond childish, it’s belittling to all intelligent conversation. It also infers what the Pope has previously offered: that people in same-sex relationships are somehow not human.

Indeed, the Pope seems to have jettisoned all measured response on this issue, going on to say that people are somehow manipulating their identities against nature and destroying the “essence of the human creature.”

Quotes the Independent:

“People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given to them by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being,” he said. “They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves. The manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man’s fundamental choice where he himself is concerned.”

Oh Pope, you’re festive disposition is just too much.

Earlier in the week, the Vatican released a full front-page editorial that appears to claim same-sex couples exist in some sort of different reality because they cannot conceive children together, and that marriage equality is questing after an “unachievable utopia.”

The Vatican’s anti-gay rhetoric has increased over recent years as nations like Portugal and Argentina, and more recently the United States and Britain, have moved, with increasing support, to offer marriage equality.

However, the Pope’s yuletide address wasn’t completely devoid of seasonal goodwill. In bashing marriage equality, Pope Benedict decided to quote, and quite liberally, Chief Rabbi of France Gilles Bernheim, signalling the Pope might be angling for the formation of a broad coalition of anti-gay marriage faith leaders — a Frock Force,  if you will.

The Pope, with this latest speech, seemed to have exceeded even his own strident past statements, disclosing what by any standard appears to be a theocratic show of displeasure at the autonomy to define one’s own meaning and purpose, saying:

“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. [...] When freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker himself is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God.”

From this bumper Christmas address, it seems we are meant to infer that the Vatican has decided that all nicety toward gay people — for whom the Vatican has in recent years maintained a condescending sympathy — is to come to an end.

That the gloves were well and truly doffed was said most definitively when the Pope, earlier this month, chose to bless Ugandan parliamentary speaker Rebecca Kadaga, who is now the chief proponent of Uganda’s Kill the Gays bill. The bill missed its Christmas deadline but could and most likely will be taken up in the new year.

 

Related Reading:

Pope Decides Gay People Aren’t Fully Developed Humans

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Pope: Gay Marriage Threatens “Humanity Itself”

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9:25AM PST on Jan 17, 2013

WHAT A HYPICRATE, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HIS VIEWS ON CHILD ABUSE, IN THE CHURCH. THEY COVER IT UP. WE DON'T KNOW THE HALF OF IT, I KNOW FOR A FACT BISHOPS & OTHER HIGH POSITIONS, JUST SWEEP IT UNDER THE RUG. THESE CHILD ABUSING PRIESTS, GET SENT TO OTHER CHURCHES, TO HIDE THE ABUSE. THEN THEY GET TO ABUSE ALL OVER AGAIN. THEY MAKE PAVE A HELL OF A LIFE , IN THE FUTURE FOR THESE KIDS. THE HATE TOWARDS WOMEN, MAKES ME WONDER?

9:15AM PST on Jan 5, 2013

It is Pope Benedict who is denying the essential truth about human love.in his Christmas 2012 pontifications. Heterosexual love is but only one of many possibilities. Human beings have loved one another in a variety of ways since the very beginning of our evolution on our home: planet Earth. A denial of that truth is to place religious dogma over the reality of the diversity of human love.

3:53AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

What about the priests that are molesting alter boys, are they in the same category???

3:08AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Being the self-righteous head of a billion people is unnatural

3:02AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Being a disgustingly, bigoted, hateful old asshole is unnatural.

7:27AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

OMGOD! Being a Roman Catholic this is disturbing to me. I have several family members who are gay. Some came out already and some are still afraid too. The Pope should focus more on the priest who are molesting our little boys! And stop taking our church donations to pay for the cover-up. No wonder why our children are turning toward atheism.

3:04PM PST on Jan 1, 2013

@ MICHAEL O....if you actually think people choose a sexual orientation you are stupid. Your words not mine.

10:52AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

Should therefore gay people get into straight marriages and make their spouses unhappy . Weird thought.

8:40AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

He spends more time dividing people than reconciling them. No holy man, this one.

3:43AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

The only misfortune in being born gay is being born into a gay hating and fearing society. Being gay is just one of many aspects of being human!

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