Pope Tells French Bishops ‘Defective’ Gay Nups ‘Threaten’ Society

PopeBenTaking off his mitre and putting on his engineer's cap for a moment, Pope Benedict XVI yesterday deemed same-sex marriages "defective" during a speech before French bishops.

The Pope's remarks come as French politicians debate potential legalization of marriage equality, and clearly the Pope wants his Franco peers to use their religious influence to keep the status quo.

"The family is threatened by a conception of human nature that is proven to be defective," said the leader of the Catholic Church. "Defending the family and life in society is prophetic and anything but regressive. Marriage and the family are institutions that must be promoted and defended from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature, since whatever is harmful to them will in fact be injurious to society itself."

Other translations from the original French report have the Pope saying that the family is "threatened in many places by a faulty conception of human nature," which is slightly different than "defective" but the diagnosis remains the same.

Benedict also told the Bishops, who have been very vocal in their opposition to equality in France, that they have a responsibility to "call us courageously and optimistically to seek a bold and creative response, by presenting the permanent newness of the Gospel."

Despite the Pope's protests, France seems set to pass equality sooner rather than later. President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault have both indicated a bill will be introduced next month, which means, if the Pope is right, France will completely breakdown by Christmas. Mon dieu!

Comments

  1. Gigi says

    How this troll in a dress can pass himself off to be a man of god is beyond me. Just look to Canada to see how society is affected by gay marriage. It’s affected…in a good way. Nothing but rainbows and sunshine. Gay marriage is certainly better for society than the RCC.

  2. Caliban says

    From yesterday: “The Roman Catholic Church in the Australian state of Victoria has confirmed that more than 600 children have been sexually abused by its priests since the 1930s. They were released in a submission to a state parliamentary inquiry into the handling of abuse cases. Campaigners say the true number of abuse victims could be up to 10,000.”

    Or then there’s this, Polish teenage boys and girls on their hands and knees, participating in an initiation where they lick whipped cream from the knees of a priest. Nothing pervy or suggestive about that in the least! http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/polish-police-a-lather-creepy-initiation-photos-showing-teens-licking-whipped-cream-priest-knees-article-1.1163828

    Now tell me again, why is it the Catholic Church is considered a moral authority on ANYTHING?! Is it due to their WORLDWIDE practice of ignoring child abuse and protecting pedophiles? Or maybe it’s all the women they treated like slaves and forced to give up their babies if they were unwed. Was it lying to African parishioners by telling them that condoms don’t prevent AIDS? Or their stellar work in smuggling Nazis out of Germany after WWII?

    Gosh, it’s so hard to choose between all their good works!

  3. says

    The Pope went on to say that “Justin Bieber was sexier before he hit puberty” and that “Anne Frank was a lie made up by Jews who also lied about the Holocaust ever happening” so maybe we should relegate this pig’s comments to the dung-heap where they belong.

  4. cbhermey says

    He should confine his comments to inside the church doors. Once he has the ‘faithful’ walking in lockstep, and he’s far from that goal, then he can start talking to the rest of us non-believers.

  5. Ronnie says

    Gay’s want freedom but spew hate while wanting to remove the Pope’s freedom. Shame on you, all who have spoken out against the Pope will be punished as God rebukes you.

  6. Boone68 says

    The number of French Catholics attending mass on a regular basis is less than 5%. Maybe the pope should use what little influence he has left in countries where he is not irrelevant.

  7. Diogenes Arktos says

    “call us courageously and optimistically to seek a bold and creative response, by presenting the permanent newness of the Gospel.”

    Actually, the permanent newness of the Gospel is to support LGBT folk and their quest for marital equality.

    If only the RC church realized that the doctrine of the “indefectibility of the church” really means that the church will not permanently be led into error. Unfortunately, its current configuration believes it could never be in error – past, present, or future.

  8. Clint says

    I love the way that most of the countries that have full gay marriage are historically very strong Catholic countries (Lutheran Scandinavia excepted), even outside of Europe. This tells me that the sense of the faithful is being ignored by the hierarchy, a status quo which is not sustainable in the long haul.

  9. Daniel Berry, NYC says

    of course, no scientific data exists to support Mr Ratzinger’s claims; but like republicans, the boys in the Vatican don’t trouble themselves with facts.

  10. i could go on, but I won't says

    Ya gotta hand it to the guy though. He holds up a wafer and the crowd bows and scrapes, and says, oh yeah, yessiree, that’s the Lord and he’s gonna be in me.

    And in return for this show he gets wrapped up in silks and surrounded by gold ornaments. Whatta gig!

  11. Rob says

    The gays should feel soooooo powerful that we have the ability to destroy society!!! Thank the all powerful Pontif for bestowing so much power and authority to the most hated minority group in the world!!

  12. Bob says

    The Catholic pedophile priest who rape children are defective and a product of the Catholic Church who made them what they are, then they try to hide them from justice and still do. A priest in Long Beach California was recently charged with raping girls and it goes on and on for thousands of years now. It is plain to see that the Catholic Church is defective for 2,000 years and they are not getting any better, they still kill and destroy Muslims and minorities they do not like.

  13. simon says

    Wake up. Your friends in the other party have been soundly defeated. Perhaps you and your bishops should burn yourselves in protest. Otherwise there is nothing you can do.

  14. Rafael says

    The Pope should take his own advice and rationalize his faith because he fails to make the case how being true to one’s self as God’s creation goes against the creator himself. His narrowed argument is not driven by the holy spirit but by prejudice itself. Your excellency Pope Benedict XVI I ask you to search your heart and reconnect with our God.

  15. Andrew says

    Fortunately the overwhelming majority of French Catholics are cultural Catholics who rarely go to Mass and almost never listen to the hierarchy’s “moral” pronouncements. As to Benedict’s own sexuality, I rarely accuse anyone of being a closeted homosexual homophobe. However, I would suggest folks google “The fashions of Pope Benedict” and click on Photo Essay – Time. If your gaydar doesn’t go off, it must be old, broken and unplugged. This guy should have starred in “The Bird Cage” That old man just loves to play dress up. And remind yourself, that the Catholic Church teaches that he is Christ’s representative on earth. Then try to picture Christ in these EXPENSIVE fashions.

  16. Tom says

    The Pope did not use the word “defective”. The church believes marriage is only for reproducing more Catholics. He knows Catholics are straying because the church views are outdated. We need more Catholics is all that is on his mind.
    After reading the hate filled comments on this blog it makes me sad. I wish gays (we) were taking the “high” road and not stooping to the hate filled rants of the crazed minority.

  17. Andrew says

    If you want to know how bat s*it crazy religion still is in the 21st century: check out the photo of the pope looking at that little piece of bread. He is proclaming that because he said “hoc est enim corpus meum” over that piece of bread it has changed into “the body and blood, soul and divinity” of Christ. Thats right that little piece of bread IS the creator of the billion gallaxty universe. It is called transubstantiation and is at the very center of Catholic dogma. And some people think that the Mormons, Muslims and Fundamentalist protestants are the only crazy ones.

  18. Mark says

    Perhaps if some of the ignorant people who have commented on this story would actually investigate the more in depth explanation as to why homosexual acts are defective, why don’t you look to the many many encyclicals and official teaching instructions by the Pope’s from the last 50 years? Instead of judging the man as a hypocrite or hate-criminal, why not be a little open minded as to understanding what he’s trying to convey? Why shouldn’t he have a right to have an opinion? Everyone else can have an opinion. Stop being so antagonistic toward authority figures. Hear him out and understand where he’s coming from before you bash him.

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