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Pope Benedict Calls Same-Sex Marriage 'Dangerous...Insidious'


What's more dangerous, or insidious? Two committed people who want to enshrine their love in law? Or a Catholic Church full of priests who molest young boys?

Pope Benedict would like you to believe the former:

"Addressing a huge crowd at the shrine of Fatima at the climax of his four day visit to Portugal, the 83-year-old Pope said that same sex marriage and abortion were among the 'most insidious and dangerous challenges that today confront the common good.' He expressed his 'profound appreciation' for anti-abortion campaigners, who he praised for defending the right to life and the 'recovery of people wounded by the drama of abortion'."

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  1. I didn't expect him to come out in support of either.

    Posted by: Name: | May 13, 2010 11:20:03 PM

  2. I can't say that I'm surprised that you, Andy Towle have sunk to the same level as the right winger crazies like Sarah Palin, making broad sweeping remarks about an entire body of people. Full of molestig priests? I don't think so. You only hear about the one in a hundred thousand that do bad things. And look, you've gone and incited people to do just the same. Shame on you. You should be spreading love and understanding, not sinking to the same level ad those you despise.

    Posted by: Rainbowcatholic | May 13, 2010 11:38:00 PM

  3. Idiots all his followers....they accept and are part of these sexual abuse against children and the abuse agaisnt women in 3rd world countries...this bastard spits venom and they eat it..

    HIPOCRITES PIGS...the pope can eat my dogs poop.

    Posted by: Bosie | May 13, 2010 11:47:25 PM

  4. fuck this dude in the fucking ass. seriously

    Posted by: Jesus | May 13, 2010 11:53:44 PM

  5. I don't normally comment on other peoples comments, however in this case I need to.

    @Rainbowcatholic I've gone back and can't seem to see where "Full of molestig priests?" is in the item, but moving on, you note "...only hear about the one in a hundred thousand that do bad things" - it not just those that "do bad things" that is wrong it is also those who do nothing about it or try to hide it when they do find out.

    Many of the "christians" (yes with a lower case c) that I know don't talk hatred - using selections of a book that supports their bigotry - they practice being a christian as in by showing qualities such as kindness, helpfulness, and concern for others.

    Posted by: Lez | May 14, 2010 12:02:41 AM

  6. Jesus Christ himself must be Oh so proud of this fucking monster who calls himself the leader of the Catholic Church! if JC came back today I believe he would bitch slap this cunt all the way to hell!"

    Posted by: ventura | May 14, 2010 12:34:56 AM

  7. It's time that every right-thinking catholic secede from Rome.

    Posted by: David R. | May 14, 2010 12:35:38 AM

  8. Any news on whether Portugal's president will veto the gay marriage bill? I've read that if he does veto it, it will still pass under a full vote of parliament, but how assured is this?

    Posted by: DireFates | May 14, 2010 2:14:42 AM

  9. The pope protests too much. Vatican rumor mill has it that his secretary is his lover of many a year! I wish some one would out him already!

    Posted by: Rev. Joseph Shore-Goss | May 14, 2010 2:14:59 AM

  10. Why are you posting this? Publicizing it only gives it legitimacy. What the Pope says about gay marriage (or anything for that matter) is irrelevant. It's like telling the world what my neighbor thinks about lettuce: pointless.

    Posted by: Kalamzoo Kid | May 14, 2010 2:49:16 AM

  11. Since child molestation has been a standard of practice for many decades, can I presume that Catholic-schools-as-rape-camps is approved of by God?

    Posted by: pete riordin | May 14, 2010 3:52:48 AM

  12. Is it me or does the pope look and behave more and more like the emperor is the Star Wars series?

    Posted by: Ron | May 14, 2010 6:04:06 AM

  13. We should put dangerous and insidious in our wedding vows just to piss him off...

    seriously, abusing children isn't dangerous and insidious? Idiotic old troll, off to Shady Pines with you.

    Posted by: Sean R | May 14, 2010 6:07:42 AM

  14. A bigot by any other name would smell as sweet.

    Posted by: protogenes | May 14, 2010 7:33:29 AM

  15. What a total douchebag this guy is!

    Posted by: Dan COBBB | May 14, 2010 9:22:41 AM

  16. To each his own, I guess. In my humble opinion, dusty old men who rile the public with inflammatory, sensationalist, derogatory remarks having no basis whatsoever are among the most dangerous and insidious challenges confronting the common good. The very nature of Pope Benedict's remarks makes me strongly question whether he has any conception of what 'the common good' entails.

    Posted by: ElCamino | May 14, 2010 12:22:46 PM

  17. remember ratzi trained under the biggest hate monger in the history of the world,hitler.remember his solution to people he considered insidious.the pope uses the type of speech just more hidden

    Posted by: walter | May 15, 2010 11:50:56 AM

  18. Pope, honey....there is only ONE thing in this world that is "dangerous" and "insidious", and that is your church--and YOU!

    See, somebody's got to explain to me why Catholic priests and Catholic lay people who lobby elected officials on behalf of the Catholic Church are not required to register as lobbyists for a foreign government.

    We have diplomatic relations with the Vatican, right? The Vatican, via its clerics and laity actively promote its "religious" views to influence secular law in a free, democratic society. Are there not grounds to break diplomatic relations with the Vatican? They subvert the democratic process.

    I don't know. I am getting pretty tired of this disgusting, deviant, embittered, vacuous old man having ANY say about ANY aspect of our private, emotional and sexual lives.

    Posted by: jamal49 | May 15, 2010 1:37:18 PM

  19. And yet not a single charge of "racism" from any of the posters. The spineless left isn't out clamoring for "tolerance" when it comes to catholicism, but as soon as you attack that fascist war cult islam...they start to impotently moan. It's a lot like the new antisemitism that they call antizionism.

    Posted by: TANK | May 15, 2010 1:45:58 PM

  20. hey tank where did racism come into this?
    and posters are attacking the pope for being a hipocrit and standing in front of hundreds of thousands of people and saying gays are incidious, while covering for pedophiles and obstructing justice. they even pimp out the popes choir so tell me why shouldn't they get attacked.Christ taught love and the church preaches hate so how is that Christian

    Posted by: walter | May 15, 2010 3:24:31 PM

  21. Whatever jesus taught (which is subject to whatever anyone thinks he taught, apparently), I'm not defending the catholic church. It's just interesting that amongst the so-called liberal elite, it's okay to align yourself with the most radical elements of islam which are rabidly antisemitic (and anti freedom), and call it antizionism, but if you criticize islam, you're an islamophobe, and they characterize that as racism for some reason (as if an ideology was a race). Not so if you criticize the christian reichwing. It's a sickness that's infecting so-called liberal intelligentsia. But it always has, as the extreme left has more in common with the extreme right than they do with mainstream liberalism.

    Posted by: TANK | May 15, 2010 3:31:55 PM

  22. i didn't see any one aligned with islam radical or otherwise. i feel all religions who preach hate have a lot to learn. this whole discussion is based on a man who has obstructed justice protected pedophiles and then blamed everyone else for the churchs problems.

    Posted by: walter | May 15, 2010 4:05:14 PM

  23. Alright, let's dumb this down.

    When you criticize christianity, there aren't the usual idiots who scream of bigotry and intolerance, or call you a racist (though there are some...rightwing christians who do). And christianity, and particularly the catholic church, calls for harsh criticism.

    When you criticize islam, there usually is a large contingent of them calling you a racist bigot, or islamophobe.

    Not here, but generally. It's a noteworthy hypocrisy.

    Posted by: TANK | May 15, 2010 4:13:09 PM

  24. Wow tank you are so incredibly smart, I want to bask in your glow.

    It is interesting though, given how smart you think you are, that you don't have more to do with your time than comment and "dumb things downs" for us here on towleroad.

    Hmmmmmm makes you wonder why that is?

    Posted by: Derek | May 15, 2010 4:35:56 PM

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