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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. 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?

    Posted by: NaomiClareNL | Dec 21, 2012 10:38:45 AM


  2. Child raping nazi says what?

    Posted by: Jersey | Dec 21, 2012 10:45:05 AM


  3. Adolph Hitler's Christmas gift to the world.

    Posted by: jomicur | Dec 21, 2012 10:57:56 AM


  4. 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.

    Posted by: jleo71 | Dec 21, 2012 11:01:01 AM


  5. 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

    Posted by: SFshawn | Dec 21, 2012 11:11:48 AM


  6. 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.

    Posted by: Marcus | Dec 21, 2012 11:24:33 AM


  7. the Pope went on to ask his followers for "photos and images of Baby Jesus. The younger the better"

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Dec 21, 2012 11:38:42 AM


  8. The Catholic Church has killed more innocent people than any body, they have a history of blood on their hands, who do they think they are fooling?

    Posted by: Tony | Dec 21, 2012 12:06:51 PM


  9. 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.

    Posted by: Francis | Dec 21, 2012 12:12:39 PM


  10. 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.

    Posted by: peter | Dec 21, 2012 12:19:49 PM


  11. 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.

    Posted by: Yupp | Dec 21, 2012 1:25:45 PM


  12. 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!

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Dec 21, 2012 1:41:00 PM


  13. 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.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 21, 2012 1:56:23 PM


  14. 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."

    Posted by: Marcus | Dec 21, 2012 2:18:42 PM


  15. The Nazi/pedophile-protector Pope is speaking directly to the Catholics on the Supreme Court.

    Posted by: Richard | Dec 21, 2012 3:01:26 PM


  16. 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.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 21, 2012 3:49:52 PM


  17. 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

    Posted by: Bob | Dec 21, 2012 5:25:23 PM


  18. Dear Pope,
    Happy Winter Solstice, and you can shove your opinion up your penis shaped hat.
    love,
    Chicklets

    Posted by: Chicklets | Dec 21, 2012 5:36:53 PM


  19. Using twitter to denounce gays? I won that bet and now somebody owes me a drink!!!

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Dec 21, 2012 8:15:09 PM


  20. "When you deny god, you deny human dignity"

    God Who?

    Posted by: stevielee | Dec 21, 2012 8:59:25 PM


  21. 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.

    Posted by: Bill | Dec 21, 2012 9:07:56 PM


  22. @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.

    Posted by: Bill | Dec 21, 2012 9:21:06 PM


  23. @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.

    Posted by: Bill | Dec 21, 2012 9:21:07 PM


  24. 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!)

    Posted by: Bill | Dec 21, 2012 9:35:58 PM


  25. 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.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 21, 2012 10:15:35 PM


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