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Pope Tells US Bishops to Fight Gay Marriage, Cohabitation

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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7:54AM PDT on Apr 26, 2014

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!

7:00AM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

Do not overlook the fact that the Pope was speaking to the Bishops of his church not the US government He is the authority over the Roman Catholic Church in every country. He is not dictating policy for anyone but members of his church. Although we may not like or agree with the dogma of the church and its followers, in this country people have the right to believe as they so choose. If you want your beliefs respected and allowed then you can't prohibit others theirs. If you don't agree with the church's doctrines then don't be a member.
To Kathleen: Religious belief systems are in place to guide their followers in moral issues. This is not a political statement but doctrine. They are not setting political policies but religious ones
Jane B.- the Pope was employed before joining the priesthood. In fact he used to be a bouncer.
I had hoped Pope Francis would be different, holding a fresh and more Christian perspective. Sad to see I hoped in vain.

5:06PM PST on Feb 6, 2013

Cathicism Inc is accurately described.

3:18AM PDT on Sep 14, 2012

"Egotism: The anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity."
-Frank Leachy

2:05AM PDT on May 27, 2012

It's horrible when people use God and the bible to discriminate against others. Because, in my opinion, God and Jesus were all about love and acceptance, and today the church is anything but.

9:08PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

A thing most people don't know, is Rick Santorum's close connections with the extreme and cult-like Catholic group, Opus Dei. {Yes, like in the Da Vinci Code - which was based on true factual research into controversial Opus Dei.}
The organization Opus Dei paid for a trip to Rome while Santorum was a Senator {as part of his "official duties"}; Senator Santorum was accompanied on this trip by an Opus Dei priest; and the occasion for the trip was the canonization {raising to Sainthood} of the founder of Opus Dei. Santorum even gave a speech at that event -- the transcript of Santorum's speech is public and available -- in which Santorum declared that his entire life and Political Agenda were inspired by Opus Dei's founder. Opus Dei, by the way, has had close ties with many Fascist dictators -- this can be researched -- and is one of the reasons it is so controversial.

Another thing to say here, is, that money people give to the Church DOES NOT GO TO CHARITY; but to the Church's Political Agenda, at this time an ENORMOUS amount going into fighting Marriage Equality for Gays. And, of course, money given to pay off victims of abuse for their silence; and much, much money for the best sneaky slandering lawyers that money can seduce. Money for Catholic Charities actually comes from money the U.S. Government GIVES to the Catholic Church for its "social programs". OUR taxpayers' money! Please, Catholics, stop giving ANY of your money to the Catholic Church. They are LYING.

3:08PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

This MAN wears hats and dresses and HE says that? Enough already. Let's not clean up what is happening here people. It is Just and Rightious to screw little boys and destroy lives but it is an abomination before God for a loving couple to willingly express affection to eachother. How about a biblical flood to cleans these morons.

1:32PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

The Catholic church is one of the most corrupt 'religious institutions', in the world. I find the same consistent messages in nearly all Christian faiths. We (gays) are destroying the institution of marriage, when it is really the absolute fault of the parents and the church. I have a real problem when we know life is about the personal search for love/truth in and how we live your lives. Not to mention, if your a child rapist, the Catholic church is the perfect church for you; you'll share a lot in common, and if you make it up the ladder (bishop/cardinal) you will live in oppulance & perversion, something directly in conflict with Christ and St.Peter's teachings. By the way "GOD hates Fags" is and oxymoron, your ignorance is so blatant you might want to check the dictionary to understand for oxymoron & hypocrite. Before you proclaim yourself a Christian again you might want to check the bible for the analogy between truly being a Christian, and that you must be strong like the mustard seed. You might want to keep the dictionary on hand, for some of these big words, and confusion over THOU SHALT NOT JUDGE.

1:31PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

The Catholic church is one of the most corrupt 'religious institutions', in the world. I find the same consistent messages in nearly all Christian faiths. We (gays) are destroying the institution of marriage, when it is really the absolute fault of the parents and the church. I have a real problem when we know life is about the personal search for love/truth in and how we live your lives. Not to mention, if your a child rapist, the Catholic church is the perfect church for you; you'll share a lot in common, and if you make it up the ladder (bishop/cardinal) you will live in oppulance & perversion, something directly in conflict with Christ and St.Peter's teachings. By the way "GOD hates Fags" is and oxymoron, your ignorance is so blatant you might want to check the dictionary to understand for oxymoron & hypocrite. Before you proclaim yourself a Christian again you might want to check the bible for the analogy between truly being a Christian, and that you must be strong like the mustard seed. You might want to keep the dictionary on hand, for some of these big words, and confusion over THOU SHALT NOT JUDGE.

9:03AM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

and what about those red shoes, pope RATzinger? can it get gayer that that?

I haven't met a catholic gay-bashing creep who isn't himself a closeted case.

The Vatican, the entire catholic church, Christianity, are all about hate, prejudice, genocide and forced indoctrination. oh did I forget HYPOCRISY?

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