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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.

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  1. Those pedophile rapists known as Catholic priests never "destroy the essence of the human creature" when they plow altar boys -- right Ratzi?

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 21, 2012 9:15:02 AM


  2. So says the "celibate" ex Nazi Youth wearing a fabulous dress.

    Posted by: John Normile | Dec 21, 2012 9:15:21 AM


  3. ...because I say so.
    #pedophile

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Dec 21, 2012 9:19:15 AM


  4. Start. taxing. churches. now.

    Posted by: ArkArk | Dec 21, 2012 9:27:14 AM


  5. Evil evil evil man.

    Posted by: danswon | Dec 21, 2012 9:31:11 AM


  6. 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.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Dec 21, 2012 9:31:16 AM


  7. 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.

    Posted by: DeeperStill | Dec 21, 2012 9:32:34 AM


  8. 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.

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | Dec 21, 2012 9:36:52 AM


  9. These recent relentless antigay comments can only mean one thing. Priests are super horny again after years of laying low.

    Posted by: Mintylaramie | Dec 21, 2012 9:38:12 AM


  10. Will Ratzinger be named the Patron Saint of Boy Rapers?

    Posted by: homer | Dec 21, 2012 9:41:28 AM


  11. For those interested, here is the link to the whole speech.
    http://ow.ly/ghQEP

    Last week's equally troubling speech for world peace day is here:
    http://ow.ly/ghQXP

    I always find it remarkable that they come close, so close on a host of issues yet miss the mark on others, like sexuality and gender.

    Posted by: NaomiClareNL | Dec 21, 2012 9:43:09 AM


  12. For those interested, here is the link to the whole speech.
    http://ow.ly/ghQEP

    Last week's equally troubling speech for world peace day is here:
    http://ow.ly/ghQXP

    I always find it remarkable that they come close, so close on a host of issues yet miss the mark on others, like sexuality and gender.

    Posted by: NaomiClareNL | Dec 21, 2012 9:43:10 AM


  13. Thank God I'm not a Catholic.

    It would break my heart to have the leaders of my church be Nazis, rapist and pedophiles.

    Posted by: chasmader | Dec 21, 2012 9:46:22 AM


  14. And the Roman Catholic Church continues down the road to irrelevance.

    Posted by: Taylor | Dec 21, 2012 9:48:46 AM


  15. 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).

    Posted by: Leonardo Ricardo | Dec 21, 2012 9:55:33 AM


  16. 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).

    Posted by: Leonardo Ricardo | Dec 21, 2012 9:55:37 AM


  17. 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.

    Posted by: nick | Dec 21, 2012 9:55:41 AM


  18. 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.

    Posted by: Jerry | Dec 21, 2012 9:57:31 AM


  19. Ah, witness the death throes of the Catholic church! A desperate old Pope ranting and raving as their untaxed income falls and the pews empty out.

    Posted by: happy atheist | Dec 21, 2012 10:13:14 AM


  20. 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!"

    Posted by: coolbear | Dec 21, 2012 10:13:14 AM


  21. Pope Prada continues to insult the intelligence of his followers. What a surprise.

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Dec 21, 2012 10:15:27 AM


  22. Wow. Our nature is defined by our bodily identity. And here I thought it was defined by something spiritual, like our soul.

    Posted by: Kevin Donohue | Dec 21, 2012 10:15:31 AM


  23. What's a nice way of saying:

    Dear Mr. Pope:

    Merry Christmas and drop dead.

    ?

    Posted by: Dee Vee | Dec 21, 2012 10:20:03 AM


  24. The world is changing and the Catholic church is not. I guess this is what desperation looks like.

    Posted by: rayrayj | Dec 21, 2012 10:31:03 AM


  25. It was a sad day when the Grand Wizard of the Catholics began to twitter more hate and disgust.

    Posted by: Tom | Dec 21, 2012 10:35:30 AM


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