Pope Tells US Bishops to Fight Gay Marriage, Cohabitation


Pope Benedict XVI chose a speech to bishops in the United States on Friday to call on them to resist marriage equality.

This follows marriage equality laws being signed in Washington and Maryland, with a number of other states looking to consider the gay marriage question at the ballot this year.

Reports the AFP:

“Sexual differences cannot be dismissed as irrelevant to the definition of marriage,” the pope said, warning against “the powerful political and cultural currents seeking to alter the legal definition of marriage”.

“Marriage and the family are institutions that must be promoted and defended from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature.”

He also said bishops could not overlook “the serious pastoral problem presented by the widespread practice of cohabitation”.

“The contemporary crisis of marriage and the family… has led to grave societal problems bearing an immense human and economic cost,” he added.

The Pope previously branded marriage equality a threat to humanity and has frequently spoken of his belief that that only a man and a woman can successfully raise children and maintain societal advancement.

He does so contrary to a wealth of data that supports that same-sex couples are at least as capable of raising well adjusted children as their straight counterparts.

Given its timing, the Pope’s message must also be considered a rallying call to clergy in Britain too, where the push for gay marriage has over the past few weeks seen a fiercely hostile response from many Catholic leaders in the country.


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Norman Poisson
Norman Poisson7 months ago

He better start figuring out a way to include rather than exclude. People will just leave. There's enough other religions that people can go to that offer what they want, to be included rather than one that doesn't want you. It's just that easy. They tell you you'll burn in hell and you're sick about it until someone tells you the place next door says you're ok. You go there and they say, "Oh no, you won't go to hell!" Poof, you're ok now, no more being told you're a sinner. You're mental health will improve, things will get better for you. Just create what you want, that's what all the others are doing. Now they want to create The First Church of Cannabis. It will be as real to some as the pope's is to him and his, LOL. What's real is real. Well, sometimes what's real ISN'T REAL but wudahya gonna do, LOL.

Marion Friedl
Marion Friedl8 months ago

Oh, and Jesus welcomed all, the whores, the gays, the poor, the sick, the strangers, the customs officers, the taxmen, the children etc., to him they all were equal.....

Marion Friedl
Marion Friedl8 months ago

That´s an old post, thank God Pope Benedict´s past, but Francis ain´t much better when it´s about gays.... Am I glad I´m Protestantic!!!

Freda Lee J.
Freda Lee J.8 months ago

Any Christian (or "pretend" Christian) who uses any part of the Bible (OT or NT) to criticise or discriminate against any homosexual (just because of their sexuality) really must remember to refresh their mind about Deuteronomy 22: 13-22. (go on - read it.)

Get off your high horses, jump off your self-perpetuating plastic pedestals and get a grip. There is no place for discrimination and holier-than-thou nonsense. Live and let live - drop the bigoted nonsense and accept that everyone has their own lives to live. As long as there is love between two consenting adults - that love should be celebrated, not vilified!

Karen H.
Karen H.8 months ago

BMutiny T, a thousand stars to you.
Here’s a man who chastises nuns who follow Jesus’ teaching to feed the hungry and help the poor. He also forgets how the church celebrated same sex marriage (see another article on Care2).
When I was growing up, I heard many sermons that bordered on political rhetoric and encouraged church members to vote for (or against) specific candidates or issues. If the church (any church) wants to get into the political realm, it should pay taxes. As BMutiny pointed out, the Catholic Church certainly uses enough of our tax dollars. I don’t see them contributing any.
Perhaps the bishops will do as they did with the “thou shalt not rape altar boys” rule and ignore this one as well.

Past Member 8 months ago

thank you

Alexander Hay-Whitton

Don't forget the "Suffer little children to come unto me, and lock the door while I'm with them" that has dominated their practice for so long.

Steve S.
Steve S.8 months ago

I will say only one thing about the Catholic Church and all it's robed and bejewelled hierarchy that live in their splendid palaces.. " Give up your worldly goods and follow me " .. You all quote tenets from the Bible but constantly forget this one "..

Steve S.
Steve S.8 months ago

As a Baptised but very lapsed Christian..the postings on this thread only convinces me that my rejection of the Catholic Church (starting at 11 years of age) was very right for me.. From Nancy C and her "Be careful, be very careful" to a jest about 'red shoes'.. to Martha F and her statement that the Pope is within his rights to tell his Bishops to fight Marriage Equality for Gay people and Freedom of Speech means he CAN use his organisation (the Church) to discriminate against certain people. So it would be OK for Walmart to discriminate against any Christian (because it is THEIR company) and in a free society, as Martha says, people are allowed to say and do as they please. I do love Martha's last sentence and I agree with her wholeheartedly.. Maybe, Martha, I am reading the tone of your posting wrong.. I do hope so..

Nancy Crouse
Nancy Crouse1 years ago

Ashlee and all others please take note: when addressing any holy book the first letter is capitalized because it is a proper noun. Bible, Torah, etc.
Ardath, please be careful what you write. There has always been a history of violence in all religions so do not limit it to Christianity. I take offence as I am an Ordained Pastor. Calling the Pope's red shoes" gay" is offensive as red is one of the Liturgical colours in the Christian religion. You are obviously a non-Christian with a disdain towards Christians. You are bordering on Hate!
Be careful, very careful!