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Popes Collaborate on New Text That Reiterates Catholic Church's Opposition to Gay Marriage


Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis have collaborated on a new Encyclical, a papal circular letters addressed to Roman Catholic clergy intended to summarise a pontiff's thoughts on a particular facet of Church life.

The piece of writing released yesterday was begun by Benedict and completed by Francis and reiterates the Catholic church's position rejecting same-sex marriage, the AAP reports:

Francis paid tribute to pope emeritus Benedict XVI in the encyclical, saying that the ex-pontiff had "almost completed" the text before stepping down in a historic resignation this year and that he himself had merely added "further contributions."

The 82-page text stresses that there is no contradiction between the Catholic faith and the modern world and calls for more dialogue with scientists, other religions and non-believers.

It also restates the Catholic Church's position on marriage saying it should be a "stable union of man and woman."
"This union is born of their love, as a sign and presence of God's own love, and of the acknowledgment and acceptance of the goodness of sexual differentiation," reads the text.

While some passages in the encyclical have a more academic and ponderous feel characteristic of Benedict XVI, others contain the simpler expressions and brighter outlook of his successor.

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  1. Child f#ckers are against gay marriage?! What shocking news, and Im glad they made it more clear for us. Id like to make it clear how completely irrelevant their opinions are growing each day.

    Posted by: Jerry | Jul 5, 2013 10:09:55 AM

  2. What about those in the church using children for decades? Oh never mind, silence is the answer, gay marriage is so much worse! The Catholic Church is bringing itself down steo by step.
    That pic...

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jul 5, 2013 10:11:35 AM

  3. Oppose all you want. Nobody is asking you to perform same sex weddings, just to leave those that do alone. Mind your own business and you don't need new language.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Jul 5, 2013 10:17:37 AM

  4. The Holy See is not in a position to advise people about sexuality or what is acceptable or unacceptable in any way, shape or form.
    --the worst example of hypocrisy among the theocrats---and that is saying something.

    Posted by: nick | Jul 5, 2013 10:22:19 AM

  5. Like -- the world should turn to two never-married, childless, supposedly celibate old white men in dresses to tell us how we should (or shouldn't) be married? Yeah -- that's gonna happen.....

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Jul 5, 2013 10:22:44 AM

  6. May be Francis so far is too coy on this issue. The ex-Pope is forcing him to toe the line. It only shows he has not fully retired and controlling things behind the scene.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 5, 2013 10:27:07 AM

  7. benedict remains an evil, angry man.
    i guess he won't be marrying his young, handsome companion georg ganswein. that's ok, he doesn't need the tax benefits of marriage like the rest of us do. he's rich and he and georg live in a lavish four-story home in the vatican gardens. his successor lives in two rooms in the vatican guesthouse.
    benedict, die soon.

    Posted by: woody | Jul 5, 2013 11:12:42 AM

  8. I wonder if they wrote in Latin on parchment with quill pens, you know, the way God intended His encyclicals to be written. And, no cross-outs, God hates that!

    Posted by: from the pen of Benecis? | Jul 5, 2013 11:14:09 AM

  9. The world continues to move on, and the Church recedes farther into the background.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 5, 2013 11:15:46 AM

  10. I will not be lectured by an institution that demands its parishioners pump out as many kids as possible sans birth control, yet its own leadership and priests are supposedly "celibate" while squirreling away church assets and money to protect them from various sexual abuse scandals and lawsuits.

    Posted by: Dback | Jul 5, 2013 11:26:35 AM

  11. These men can't help but be corrupt and their dictums idiotic. Their history is the former, their followers the latter. Encycliclicals my ass. Get out of the way.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jul 5, 2013 11:41:52 AM

  12. I rejected the RC Church years ago. Whatever they have to say, I could care less.

    Posted by: John Simpson | Jul 5, 2013 11:56:59 AM

  13. Which one's the bottom?

    Posted by: MateoM | Jul 5, 2013 11:59:08 AM

  14. Errantsteen should go suck Bob Schieffer's ancient shriveled peenage.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jul 5, 2013 12:04:37 PM

  15. It is time that we show churches just how totally irrelevant that they are. Eliminate ALL tax free status that churches currently enjoy! That is the only thing that they really care about. We have supported them for free for FAR, FAR too long. Even in poor countries the catholic church is especially bad. They have overwhelming power, undreamed of riches, sickly use an endless supply of choir boys that they deplorably screw up for life. They are totally corrupt and then have the audacity to preach against gay marriage between committed adults. Does anyone remember when blacks and whites could not marry. Any objection was quickly dropped when the churches tax free status was even mentioned. This time we must do much more then mention it. It must cease!

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 5, 2013 12:34:02 PM

  16. @MateoM Ha. Have no idea Matthew.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 5, 2013 1:01:54 PM

  17. The first MateoM was Rick posting as me, but this once I'll forgive it because he was funny.

    But he, like Pope Francis and Pope Benedict, is awful.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jul 5, 2013 1:37:20 PM

  18. @MateoM Posing as you? You too. Bother. This is occurring ALL too often. Seems like this could be stopped dead just by having Type Pad or whatever not post unless your name and E-mail match.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 5, 2013 2:15:33 PM

  19. Mike: It's frustrating, isn't it? All Andy needs to do is switch to a new commenting system, but he refuses. You'd think he'd care about his audience a little more.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jul 5, 2013 2:37:39 PM

  20. MateoM:
    Isn't it obvious? Francis added just a few sentences under the long pointless essay started by Benedick. It is totally inappropriate for an ex-leader to mess around with policies, in a democratically elected government, which it is not.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 5, 2013 2:42:42 PM

  21. Why do people say 'I could care less' when they mean 'I could not care less'?

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Jul 5, 2013 2:47:42 PM

  22. greeting each other like to mafia dons two mob bosses

    Posted by: walter | Jul 5, 2013 4:38:50 PM

  23. @Leroy - They say it that way because they learned it that way. Language is not math and is frequently illogical. "I could care lass" is an idiom, a fixed expression, and really can't be analyzed word by word. It is possibly more popular in the U.S. than in Britain.

    Think about an expression like "head over heels" which isn't logical. If anything, you'd expect "heels over head" instead.

    Posted by: Neil | Jul 5, 2013 4:43:49 PM

  24. Ole Bennie just can't let go of his reign of terror against the gays! Pre Pope, Pope, now X-Pope (oh joy joy joy, to be alive on the Planet with not one, but TWO Popes ... X Pope has been driving the 'Leadership' conversation for more than two decades. Twisted Sick Men, Corrupt to the Core, Absolutely without a moral compass amongst the whole gang of their global terrorist network!

    Posted by: RexT | Jul 5, 2013 7:14:41 PM

  25. It is going to be a mess. They now have 3 popes. They said John Paul II is coming back from the grave and performing some miracles. They are going to declare him a saint. May be he can write an article on gay marriage too. It looks more and more like a farce.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 5, 2013 8:26:19 PM

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