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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."

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  1. 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.

    Posted by: Rex Paul Martin | Mar 9, 2012 12:34:05 PM

  2. How many boys did he have under his robe when he spoke on this matter? Stop the madness

    Posted by: Chad Everett | Mar 9, 2012 1:05:47 PM

  3. If the pope wants to be a political organisation he should have to register the parishes as lobbying firms and pay taxes.

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Mar 9, 2012 1:10:02 PM

  4. 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!

    Posted by: Oliver | Mar 9, 2012 1:10:57 PM

  5. 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

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 9, 2012 1:18:39 PM

  6. Nuke the Vatican.

    Posted by: Attmay | Mar 9, 2012 1:45:38 PM

  7. Gays can no longer put money into the plate without being TRAITORS TO THEMSELVES AND TO FREEDOM

    Posted by: Bob | Mar 9, 2012 3:19:48 PM

  8. ""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!

    Posted by: true colors showing | Mar 9, 2012 5:04:51 PM

  9. 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,

    Posted by: Ralph McHurley | Mar 9, 2012 6:01:56 PM

  10. Queen Benedict!

    Posted by: Ted | Mar 9, 2012 8:54:57 PM

  11. I'm threatening humanity! Ask me how...

    Posted by: David R. | Mar 9, 2012 10:32:10 PM

  12. Tar and Feather him then ride him out on the Rail!

    Posted by: Tim | Mar 9, 2012 10:55:08 PM

  13. 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.

    Posted by: jack | Mar 10, 2012 4:40:52 AM

  14. Well, I've said it before: The pope, and his church, are evil. And HE is the one wearing a dress. Please.

    Posted by: John | Mar 10, 2012 12:26:29 PM

  15. 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.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Mar 11, 2012 3:48:17 PM

  16. A waste of time but you know it's a way of distracting the rest of society from the real problem, which is pedophiliac priests!

    Posted by: chadSF | Mar 11, 2012 6:11:33 PM

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