Pope Attacks Gay Marriage in Christmas Address

PopeclergyPope Benedict XVI, in a Christmas address to the Rome clergy, took the opportunity to slam both gay and unmarried couples. He warned that mankind would destroy its own identity should it follow theories which place same-sex couples at the same level as husband and wife, theories “according to which man should be able to decide autonomously what he is and what he isn’t.”

He added that supporting same-sex marriage “tacitly accredits those dismal theories that strip all relevance from the masculinity and femininity of the human being as though it were a purely biological issue.”

The Pope defended his right to speak out about the relationships as tensions rise in the Italian parliament and between the Vatican and Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, who has pledged to fulfill a campaign promising civil partnership rights for both same-sex and unmarried couples. Said Benedict: “I cannot hide my concern about legislation on de facto couples…if they say the Church shouldn’t interfere in these matters, then we can only reply: should mankind perhaps not interest us?”

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Comments

  1. patrick nyc says

    Why can’t that idiot Pope Bentdick just keep his yap shut? It’s bad enough to hear this crap all yer long, but at a time when he should be celebrating a joyous event he feels the need to stir up hate.

  2. David Michael says

    This is the Christian Church that promoted manifest destiny and the Papal Bulls that declared all non-whites are sub-human and okay to kill, enslave, torture, and take their riches, lands, and resources. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

  3. Brian says

    Thus spake the evil emperor.

    Honestly though, is anyone at all surprised by this? Benedict’s rants about moral purity are becoming so tiresome that they’ve almost lost all meaning. I’m reminded of the teacher’s voice from the old Charlie Brown cartoons… Miss Othmar, I think her name was…

    “BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH…. ”

  4. DAWSON says

    Is this the same church (or cult) that said nothing during the rise of fasism in their own country during World War II nor said anything or did anything when the Jews and Gays were sent to concentration camp?

    Was this the same cult who ignored for years their own priest molesting children and rather then protect the children just moved the priest from different churches?

    Doesn’t the Bible state that we are to kill our first born child? Doesn’t the Bible state that we are not to be near a women who is on their period for five days and that the woman is not allow to leave the house while on their period? And doesn’t the Bible give us the right to kill your own children who is disrespectful to their parents?

    And lastly, what right does the church have to question who one loves, as long as they are adults? As i have been saying for years the church isn’t about love it is about hate and pointing fingers at those who are not like them. Peace and Love? Yea, right.

  5. TP says

    I grew up in a very stricked Roman Catholic household. My education was catholic from kindergarten thru college. I never thought that one day I would come to turn my back on my own religion. However, given the numerous scandals (and we had them in my school just like you read in the papers), the church’s stance on homosexuality, I chose to leave the church and it’s crazy people.

    In no way can I imagine that my God would ever ‘create’ anything he didn’t mean to create. In no way can I imagine that my God would ever teach us to exclude others—for ANY reason. Finally, in no way can I imagine that my God would ever want me to be anything other than who I am. In my case, a gay man.

  6. griffin1573 says

    “should mankind perhaps not interest us?”,
    When was the last time the Vatican had any further interest in mankind other than to control it?
    Where was the Vatican when natural disastors and man made attrocities occured on this planet?
    Ah yes…it was more important to them that they save their riches and let those in need starve.
    Imagine how many children could be fead for the price of those Prada shoes.

    “interest in mankind”?…yeah only interest they have is to dominate.

    ‘karim’…former nazi?…looks like he’s still showing his reich too me.

  7. burnssuit says

    “tacitly accredits those dismal theories that strip all relevance from the masculinity and femininity of the human being as though it were a purely biological issue.”

    But isn’t that what the church is suggesting? Penis=man=masculine=sex with woman, uterus=woman=feminine=sex with men. Is he suggesting all men are born with a masculine, heterosexual spirit? This seems to go against previous arguments that homosexuality went “against nature,” since nature would inherently suggest a biological order of some sort.

  8. basis4insanity says

    “…if they say the Church shouldn’t interfere in these matters, then we can only reply: should mankind perhaps not interest us?…Oh, and by the way, don’t you think that red Prada shoes are da bomb?”

  9. ter says

    I am a Masculine Gay Man & I am Proud of it. I am not proud of this Re. I agree with all written & TP spoke words I would have written.
    Have a Great Gay Holiday Season Filled With Love & Joy with Lovers, Friends & Family! Party Hard but Safely.

  10. TP says

    TER-

    Think you bring it home nicely. If we focus on our good fortune (family, friends, etc..) and tune out all the negativity (true source of evil) that surrounds us in every day life we will all have a happy a joyful holiday season.

    Best to everyone on this site who makes it such a fun read each day.

  11. ter says

    I give no offence but was only comenting on the Papal coment “tacitly accredits those dismal theories that strip all relevance from the masculinity and femininity of the human being as though it were a purely biological issue.”
    I was just trying to say & maybe poorly that the Masculinity & femininity of the human is not purely biological. I am not just a biological issue. I am a gay man & should correct my coment on being masculine as if I were excluding my feminine for in reality I as all humans posses both the masculine & the feminine. Thank you for your reflective comments TP & Danial.
    Hope this may clarify my thoughts. Again enjoy the season with love. The Best!

  12. ter says

    Well Vincent I can see your point but I am finishing rapping presents for sister & neices for Chr-day. So I guise I am not ready to take on your need to take on Rel. But something I have learned as I have been with 100 of dying men & women “I never took away that which sustained them to death if I didn’t have something better to offer them. And frankly all I have ever been able to do I love each & every person with my heart & let them be at peace as they died.
    Just a personal moment. I now need to finish the rapping to give my family loving gifts for Christmas. The best to all.

  13. rob says

    you say the Pope is slamming gay and unmarried couples. The man isn’t slamming anybody. Read his words. Doesn’t he have the right to speak?? apparently in this blog’s opinion he doesn’t. Because you don’t agree with him, do you have the right to slam him. Why do most of these comments have to resort to name calling….

  14. mark m says

    Overheard in Germany, 1936: “Why do you need to slam this Hitler fellow? Doesn’t he have a right to speak? Why do people who disagree with him have to resort to name calling?”

  15. Ed says

    ” Because you don’t agree with him, do you have the right to slam him. Why do most of these comments have to resort to name calling….”

    Of course we have the right to call people names, especially when they use their vast power and obscene influence to oppress us. Maledict is a bully and a creep. Also, he looks like Crabby Appleton and is equally rotten to the core.

  16. patrick nyc says

    “Because you don’t agree with him, do you have the right to slam him. Why do most of these comments have to resort to name calling….”

    Posted by: rob | Dec 22, 2006 8:19:35 PM

    Can’t we all get along?? You’re right Rob. Just because he thinks gays are evil, his words fed through the last Pope, he was his right hand man. If I was the type to resort to name calling I’d call him a closeted homophobe and you a misguided dickhead.

  17. Shawn says

    All religion=mind control and manipulation. God help those who follow their own hearts,minds and souls. Fortunately, many GLBT folks figure out early on in life how hypocritcal and destructive organized religion really is to PERSONAL joy,happiness and peace in this lifetime. To think that this one fucked up mess of a human being (who sadly millions blindly follow) would choose to focus his words on divisiveness and hatred just indicates to me how pathetic,ugly and hateful the Catholic religion has become(or always was-as referenced by a previous poster).
    Have a great holiday everyone and I appreciate the intelligent and very humorous postings on this and many other forums on this site. Thanks.

  18. Robert says

    What else did you expect the Pope to say, guys? Come on, according to Church doctrine he speaks infallibly – which means he’s never wrong. Then again, papal infallibility is a man-given (as opposed to God-deigned) perk. Oops, I forgot – the infallibleness only applies to those instances when the Pope speaks “ex cathedra” such as in papal bulls, not during sermons. Part of me thinks it wasn’t a mistake that papal bulls are for the most part papal bullshit. And I have a degree in theology – LOL!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all who read this.

  19. says

    As a gay Christian man, the last thing I want to hear at Christmas is the Church condemning me. But then again, am I surprised? I wonder what God must think of His Church spreading such hate.

    By the way, I’ve taken the liberty to link this story (and your blog) to my lastest post (and my blog).

    Vern

  20. mario says

    The Pope is so obvious a Nelly and his whole set up is so camp (seen the private secretary – sporty father Gayorg) – not to mention the expensibe label wardrobe. He is so trying to hide all this through his condemnation of gay culture in that slef hating way religious leaders get into. What a sad psychologically dysfunctional man. Still I guess being a young fag in Nazi Germany was a sure way of mucking up a lads psychosexual development. This guy doesn’t need God, he needs a shrink !

  21. michael of nazareth says

    Lordie, lordie!!! This from a guy who wears a dress???! (even if it isn’t Versace).
    Obviously his lessons in the Hitler Youth have taught him well. Such a tolerant speech at Christmas and so full of good cheer! Not.
    I hope he chokes on reindeer shit.

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