• Re: Pope signals inter-faith alliance against gay marriage

    From =?UTF-8?B?LcyuzK7Mgy3MgyDMvuKXj8yuz@1:116/18 to All on Sun Dec 23 17:51:02 2012
    On Dec 23, 11:31=C2=A0pm, -=CC=AE=CC=AE=CC=83-=CC=83 =CC=BE=E2=97=8F=CC=AE= =CC=AE=CC=83=CC=BE=E2=80=A2=CC=83=CC=BE =E2=84=A2Usenet Legends =C2=AA=C2= =BA=C2=AAand=C9=94a=C2=AEole
    <usenetlegends00...@gmail.com> wrote:
    The Pontiff has issued a new decree that makes perfect sense. They
    will partner with other religions in fighting the homos marriage
    farce. .... b&c `````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````=

    Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leaves after leading his Wednesday
    general audience in Paul VI's Hall at the Vatican December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito ~ [CLICK TO ENLARGE]

    By Philip Pullella

    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict on Friday signaled the Vatican
    was ready to forge alliances with other religions against gay
    marriage, saying the family was threatened "to its foundations" by
    attempts to change its "true structure".

    The pope's latest denunciation of gay marriage came in a Christmas
    address to Vatican officials in which he blended religion, philosophy, anthropology and sociology to illustrate the position of the Roman
    Catholic Church.

    The Vatican has gone on the offensive in response to gains for gay
    marriage in the United States and Europe, using every possible
    opportunity to denounce it through papal speeches or editorials in its newspaper or on its radio station.

    Throwing the full weight of his office behind a study by France's
    chief rabbi on the effects the legalization of gay marriage would have
    on children and society, he said:

    "There is no denying the crisis that threatens it (the family) to its foundations - especially in the Western world."

    The family had to be protected because it was "the authentic setting
    in which to hand on the blueprint of human existence", he added.

    Speaking in the frescoed Clementine Hall of the Vatican's Apostolic
    Palace, the 85-year-old pope said the family was being threatened by
    "a false understanding of freedom" and a repudiation of life-long
    commitment in heterosexual marriage.

    "When such commitment is repudiated, the key figures of human
    existence likewise vanish: father, mother, child - essential elements
    of the experience of being human are lost," the leader of the world's
    1.2 billion Catholics said.

    In the speech, one of the most important the pope gives every year, he
    said people could not "dispute the idea that they have a nature, given
    by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the
    human being".

    The "pre-ordained duality of man and woman" had to be respected, he
    said, if families and children were not to lose their place and

    People could not become what he called "abstract human beings"
    choosing for themselves what their nature would be, added.


    In some countries, the Catholic Church has already joined forces with
    Jews, Muslims and members of other religions to oppose the
    legalization of gay marriage, in some cases presenting arguments based
    on legal, social and anthropological analyses rather than religious teachings.

    Significantly, the pope specifically praised as "profoundly moving" a
    study by Gilles Bernheim, France's chief rabbi, which has become the
    subject of heated debate in that country.

    Bernheim, also a philosopher, argues that homosexual rights groups
    "will use gay marriage as a Trojan Horse" in a wider campaign to "deny
    sexual identity and erase sexual differences" and "undermine the
    heterosexual fundamentals of our society".

    His study, "Gay Marriage, Parenthood and Adoption: What We Often
    Forget To Say", argues that plans to legalize gay marriage are being
    made for "the exclusive profit of a tiny minority" and are often
    supported because of political correctness.

    In his own speech on Friday, the pope repeated some of the concepts in
    the Bernheim study, including an assertion that children raised by gay couples would be more "objects" than individuals.

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