Pope Attacks Gay Marriage in Friday Address, Says Gays Destroy ‘The Very Essence of the Human Creature’

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The Pope went after gay marriage in a big way today, USA Today reports:

Gay marriage denies God and devalues human dignity, Pope Benedict XVI said Friday in his annual "state of the Church address at the Vatican.

Speaking to the Curia, the bureaucrats who run the global church of 1.2 billion Catholics, the pope said opposition to gay marriage is a way of defending humanity: "Whoever defends God is defending man." Benedict also quoted the chief rabbi of France, Gilles Bernheim, who has written that promoting a right to same-sex marriage is an "attack" on the traditional family made up of a father, mother and children.

The address echoed his recently released annual peace message, which said gay marriage, abortion and euthanasia are threats to world peace.

The Pope also posted a tweet that was pulled from his Curia address, tied to his attack on gays.

The AP has more on the speech:

The pope pressed his opposition to gay marriage Friday, denouncing what he described as people manipulating their God-given identities to suit their sexual choices — and destroying the very "essence of the human creature" in the process…

…"People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given to them by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being," he said. "They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves."

"The manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man's fundamental choice where he himself is concerned," he said.

Comments

  1. bobbyjoe says

    One of the reasons the Pope is likely so obsessed with the gays lately is he can’t stop thinking about that new Bel Ami flick that’s coming out that’s set in the Vatican. The actors are a little old for his taste, but otherwise, it’s like a trip into what’s going on in his head 24/7.

  2. DeeperStill says

    Wolf in sheep clothing. Anti-Christ. Even the “holy bible” give warnings about this evil creature.

    May his death be a painful one. And hopefully slow as well.

  3. says

    It’s sad that Scalia will die first (of some acute cardiovascular condition) before Ratzinger, who is said to be in the pink of health — normal BP, normal cholesterol, normal blood sugar, no prostate enlargement so far.

  4. says

    Only my opinion (ongoing) but I think this old/mean fellow is a resentfilled danger to mankind…he seems unable to cope with reality and truth, so, how can he be expected to offer spiritual direction from a personal character center of denial=dishonesty? — not exactly great qualities for a wholesome religious man (not to mention head of a big religious organization that is losings it’s spiritual luster thanks to this evil old guy). LET THE WORLD CONTINUE TO LOVE, and respect, and look to ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU for wholesome interpretations of real life and real Scripture (and we will).

  5. says

    Only my opinion (ongoing) but I think this old/mean fellow is a resentfilled danger to mankind…he seems unable to cope with reality and truth, so, how can he be expected to offer spiritual direction from a personal character center of denial=dishonesty? — not exactly great qualities for a wholesome religious man (not to mention head of a big religious organization that is losings it’s spiritual luster thanks to this evil old guy). LET THE WORLD CONTINUE TO LOVE, and respect, and look to ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU for wholesome interpretations of real life and real Scripture (and we will).

  6. nick says

    Herr Ratzinger needs to get his own chapel in order. Your words have no significance in anyone who uses their own judgement in such matters. You have absolutely no moral authority to comment on any aspect of humanity. Go away before -someone drops an all boys school on your pointy little hat and frocks.

  7. Jerry says

    I agree, they are headed to irrelevance and all because of the past decade of child f@cking, and thats only because the child f@cking that theyve done for the millennium preceding it was done in a time where it was not talked about or sued over. Those days are definitely over and the times ahead are going to see some vast changes.

  8. coolbear says

    In other remarks, His Holiness said, “Booga-booga, I just made all these dead people saints; this cracker is human flesh now but you don’t get to eat it if you don’t believe semen is alive; priests never, never jack off; and I get to say who goes to heaven. God hates you for questioning me. Bye!”

  9. NaomiClareNL says

    Some years ago I was in Rome when the previous creep was still alive. Visited one of those big empty buildings build with the money of poor people. Lots of medaillons with the faces of previous ones on them. There were 2 empty ones so we can hope Ratzinger is the last?

  10. jleo71 says

    Herr Ratcatcher is as clueless today as when he was a Hitler Youth. On the wrong side of humanitarianism then as he is now. There is nothing human about this man. He was a monster then as he is now.

  11. SFshawn says

    Religion=DEATH.
    This angry old man promotes nothing but hatred and intolerance. It’s a sad world that trusts this ugly human with a black heart to lead it’s flock(sheep actually!) lol

  12. Marcus says

    He called human being “human creature”? It may be originally in Italian. Human species may be a better word. He seems to regard human beings as animals which is against the Bible which says man has a special place in this World and was created in the image of God.

  13. Francis says

    South American countries are heavily Catholic yet progressing on equality quickly. Catholics in the US are significantly more pro-gay that the general populous. The Pope is becoming increasingly irrelevant and that’s a great thing.

  14. peter says

    A gay man designed his titular church and painted his personal chapel. If that’s the way he feels about it, he should knock down St. Peter’s and paint-over the Sistine Chapel.

  15. Yupp says

    Intelligent Europeans just laugh, I guess. Before long even the Swiss Guards will walk out of the Vatican and the Pope will have to replace them with Doberman Pinschers.

  16. TonyJazz says

    It’d be nice if he cared more about the accumulation of personal weaponry in the states that is killing children—-instead of adults acting responsibly (like gays getting married?).

    I’m glad I left the Catholic Church behind. Everyone should do it!

  17. Diogenes Arktos says

    The Pope is stuck in pre-Vatican II RC. He was a liberal at the start of Vatican II, but when he saw the student riots of the 1960s, he became an arch-conservative. (This flip-flop is no longer acknowledged since he became Pope.) To have a positive view of gays, let alone marriage equality, would require such a massive revision of RC teaching on a scale that I cannot envision happening.

  18. Marcus says

    Richard Dawkins again:
    “Joseph Ratzinger is an enemy of humanity… He’s an enemy of children, whose bodies he’s allowed to be raped and whose minds he’s encouraged to be infected with guilt. He’s an enemy of gay people. Bestowing on them the sort of bigotry that his church used to reserve for Jews before 1962……. He’s an enemy of women, barring them from the priesthood as though a penis were an essential tool for pastoral duties.”

  19. anon says

    I don’t think anyone will accuse him of being “inspiring”. He seems to be pope because of a sense of seniority among the cardinals at the time. The Catholic church is in decline in the first world but maintains a huge role in the third world, where social values are largely stagnant and conservative. However, at 84, he’s not exactly in his prime either.

  20. Bob says

    I DO NOT RESPECT ANY GAY PERSON OR MEMBER OF THEIR FAMILIES who attends a catholic church in silence, because they enjoy its benefits and overlook what this pope is trying to do
    — you may as well be mormons, greedily sitting in silence, not wanting your boat to be rocked

  21. Bill says

    Well, the pope has a valid point when he said, “People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given to them by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being. They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves.” Those people trying to become ex-gays are denying their nature!

    Oh, sorry – that wasn’t what the pope had in mind. It’s just what he said.

  22. Bill says

    @jleo71: While Americans might think it is funny to make fun of the pope’s name by calling him “Herr Ratcatcher”, the German word “Rat” actually means “advice”. The German word for “rat” is “Ratte” or “Ratz” (the latter used in southern Germany and Austria). The word “Rat” has a long ‘a’ while the ones meaning “rat” have a short ‘a’.

    It’s a quibble, but Herr Ratzinger is probably a stickler for the correct use of German.

  23. Bill says

    @jleo71: While Americans might think it is funny to make fun of the pope’s name by calling him “Herr Ratcatcher”, the German word “Rat” actually means “advice”. The German word for “rat” is “Ratte” or “Ratz” (the latter used in southern Germany and Austria). The word “Rat” has a long ‘a’ while the ones meaning “rat” have a short ‘a’.

    It’s a quibble, but Herr Ratzinger is probably a stickler for the correct use of German.

  24. Bill says

    On another web site, someone trying to disrespect the pope by passing him off as a closet case. A person I know who visited Munich recently mentioned that at least one of the locals claimed that, when Herr Ratzinger was stationed in Munich earlier in his career, he was definitely not a closet case: closet cases do not show their faces in gay bars.

    Alas, it would take some effort to verify that statement (that Ratzinger frequented gay bars), if only because so many gays are justifiably mad at the pope that it is possible that a particularly annoyed individual made it all up. You’d want to talk to a number of credible people who actually saw Herr Ratzinger in one of these bars to verify that he in fact went there. So, I’ll suspend judgment for now, but if some enterprising journalist/muckraker/blogger wants to check into it, I’d hardly object (and for them, a trip to scenic Munich would be a business expense!)

  25. Diogenes Arktos says

    In between the “Peace” letter and today’s speech, there was a front-page Vatican editorial that gay couples live in a “different reality”. It sounds like the Vatican got something right – the rest of the world is in a “different reality” – but I’m sure that’s not what they meant.

    @Bill: “closet cases do not show their faces in gay bars” ???
    This story sounds like the alleged gay backstory of Obama in Chicago.

  26. says

    Catholicism and Catholics are the real enemies of humanity, and should be destroyed.

    And Catholics that remains silent now are no better than the Germans that silently watched the Jews rounded up and sent to concentration camps.

  27. Bill says

    @Diogenes: the funny thing about the story was that the same week that I heard it, another person told me about a friend of his whose boyfriend was high up in the San Francisco archdiocese (not claiming he was the archbishop, but at least he was part of the entourage or whatever). Seems the boyfriend claims to have had done it with the grand inquisitor at the time (I forget Ratzinger’s official former title, but his office was basically the inquisition under a new name). So that makes two independent, unverified claims. Haven’t heard anything since, though, so who knows. If the stories are true, though, there should be plenty that could come out of the woodwork with a little banging on the walls.

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