Pope Commands U.S. Bishops to Defend Against Gay Marriage

Speaking to the U.S. Bishops today in Vatican City, Pope Benedict condemned same-sex marriage in reaction to the recent passage of marriage equality laws, AFP reports:

Benedict"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 said.

The Pope also discussed  "the serious pastoral problem presented by the widespread practice of cohabitation" and praised Bishops for their pastoral work:

"I appreciate all that your parishes, schools and charitable agencies do daily to support families and to reach out to those in difficult marital situations, especially the divorced, single parents, teenage mothers and women considering abortion."

In January, the Pope told the Vatican diplomatic corps that same-sex marriage "threaten[s] human dignity and the future of humanity itself."


  1. kit says

    Let me get this right: He appreciates the work of his minions in supporting families, except for mine. He finds my family to be a serious problem — and I guess he should know, what with the great job he has done with his own marriage and his own family. Oh, wait…

  2. Joel says

    “the serious pastoral problem presented by the widespread practice of cohabitation”

    Just noticing that Papa? People stopped listening to the church on that issue long ago. I doubt seriously that there is even 1% of the people married in the church who were virgins when they were married.

  3. Michaelandfred says

    I was sent this piece yesterday about sanctioned same sex marriage rituals over the past thousand years by jewish and christian theologies. I had read bits and pieces over the last few years but never put together in an entire paper. Pretty much shuts down the “marriage has always been between one man and one woman” nonsense we hear all the time. Have a read, it’s very interesting.


  4. candideinnc says

    There was a time when I had a sentimental attachment to the church I grew up in. I went to summer camp run by the priests in Pelican Lake, Wisconsin (where the head priest had the seminarians bring me in so I would give him nude massages late at night. Fond memories.) Now it is just another twisted, f*cked up, evangelical font of superstition run by an evil, money-grubbing assh*le.

  5. Bob says

    So now officially, a foreign head of state is giving marching orders to his minions to subvert the US Constitution. Where is the Patriot act when you need it?

  6. Artie says

    The Catholic church advocates against gay marriage.
    Muslims want to put all gays to death.
    Orthodox Jews aren’t big fans of gays either.

    In other news, the sky is blue and grass is green.

    Zzzzz…zzzz. This isn’t really news.

    PS – The Pope isn’t a head of state.

  7. nick says

    Because a Cross-dressing Nazi should have a say in anything that is state business in sovereign countries? The Holy See has no say unless they Start paying taxes however that would cut in to their pedophile payoffs.

  8. says

    Oh lord! The only thing missing from that photo of the Pope are winged monkeys and a broom. Who handles PR for the guy??

    michaelandfred – 1000 thanks for the link to Confuse the Righteous. Very interesting indeed.

    Artie – I’m curious as to your statement regarding the Pope not being a Head of State. Could you elaborate? The US State Department web-site refers to the Pope as being the Head of State of the Vatican City State and the Holy See, so now I’m curious.

  9. jpeckjr says

    Vatican City is a nation-state established in 1929 by a treaty between Italy and the Roman Catholic Church. The general purpose of the treaty was to clarify the relaionship between Italy and the Church and to prevent the Church from falling under the state authority of Italy. This was at the time fascism under Mussolini was rising in Italy. But the question of Italian state authority over the Pope had been disputed for at least 75 years.

    The Pope IS the head of state for Vatican City. The US and Vatican City exchange ambassadors. The Pope is also the head of the Roman Catholic Church.

    So, yes, his instructions to the American Bishops can be interpreted as the head of a foreign state meddling in the internal affairs of another nation. Or as the head of a religious body speaking within his authority to his subordinates.

  10. Rick says

    “Muslims want to put all gays to death”

    @Artie Very few Muslims believe that, any more than Christians, Jews, or adherents of any other religion. Every religion has its extremists, usually tiny in number; these kinds of exaggerations are what causes America to be so hated in the Islamic world.

  11. jack says

    Joe Ratzinger, AKA Benedict is irrelevant. The Catholic Hierarchy tells Catholics that using contraceptives is gravely sinful and about 99% of American Catholics use or have used contraceptives. Very few Catholics listen to the hierarchy on matters of sexual morality.Look at the most politically liberal states in the USA and you will see that they have large Roman Catholic populations.In a few cases even a majority. Benedict is pretty much what, that other Queen, Elizabeth is, a tourist attraction.

  12. Rex Paul Martin says

    The first time I went to Rome in 1975, I was shocked and grossed out by the wealth and hypocrisy of the Catholic Church and its hierarchy. Having been a contemplative, cloistered monk for 3 years did not prepare me for the letdown. The Pope and his Bishops are just like the GOP in the U.S.:if you can’t win them over with logic and the truth, then scare the hell out of them into conforming with lies, fear, hate and threats.

  13. Oliver says

    Aaah, and the Great Penis of the Vatican speaks on political matters. Time for the Church to start paying taxes. In fact, why isn’t anyone pushing for this? Wouldn’t it increase local tax revenue greatly? Man, those southern states would be rolling in dough!

  14. says

    you know, more and more it become apparent that Sinead O’Connor ripping up that pic of the previous pope was a brave and justified sociopolitical act.

    truly. Pope after Pope – and none of them even meet the lowest most base form of criteria for human decency.

    f**k the popes. truly. all of them

  15. true colors showing says

    “”Sexual differences cannot be dismissed as irrelevant to the definition of marriage,”

    OMG, excuse the expression, but HE’s talking about genitalia! He’s saying you can’t have gay marriages because the pieces don’t fit together. It’s an argument based on anatomy!

    He’s actually talking about f*cking! You can’t f*ck properly unless the parts go together, like stacking legos together.

    Well, well, well. I wonder how long it took to come up with that!

  16. Ralph McHurley says

    Whenever a picture of this Pope is posted can’t it also show his “secretary” that really hot looking 40 something dude that used to be on some country’s ski team, I think a Monsignor,

  17. jack says

    That old Queen sure does like to parade around in his “glad rags”.If you want to humanize him just picture him sitting on the toilet with a t-shirt on and taking a dump. Now you have him in perspective.

  18. Jerry6 says

    The Pope wants us to keep using a set of rules that the Jews came up with ten thousand or so years ago that have not been modified over the ages as SCIENCE AND GENERAL KNOWLEDGE matured, and life expectancies and the world’s populations have increased dramatically. PAPA, the world has enough trouble trying to feed today’s population and you want to continue making more and more babies just so you can continue to live like an old fashioned Potentate. Well, fella, it Aint going to happen. Go out and get a productive job; like you had as a Nazi Soldier.

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