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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!

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  1. 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.

    Posted by: Bob | Sep 22, 2012 9:04:46 PM

  2. 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.

    Posted by: simon | Sep 22, 2012 9:23:28 PM

  3. 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.

    Posted by: Rafael | Sep 22, 2012 10:24:21 PM

  4. 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.

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 23, 2012 1:21:34 AM

  5. At first I thought the headline said "PAYPALL"...

    Posted by: NVTodd | Sep 23, 2012 1:34:43 AM

  6. 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.

    Posted by: Tom | Sep 23, 2012 11:16:47 AM

  7. 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.

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 23, 2012 11:14:27 PM

  8. 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.

    Posted by: Mark | Sep 25, 2012 1:33:00 AM

  9. @MARK ;) (it was meant as sarcasm, wasn't it?)

    Posted by: calcifer | Sep 25, 2012 5:09:54 AM

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