October 20, 2006
Benedict vs. the deviants
Pope Benedict today urged Italian Catholics to defend the traditional family and in an apparent reference to gay marriage said they should oppose any moves to legalise “weak and deviant” unions.
The Pope made his comments in a wide ranging speech to a national convention of Italy’s politically powerful Roman Catholic Church in the Italian city of Verona, famous as the setting for Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”
While he did not specifically mention gay marriage, thousands of listeners at the fairgrounds in Verona’s outskirts strongly applauded the two parts of his speech about the family and “other
forms of unions.”
He urged them to fight “with determination...the risk of political and legislative decisions that contradict fundamental values and anthropological and ethical principles rooted in human nature.”
The Pope said they had to defend “the family based on matrimony, opposing the introduction of laws on other forms of unions which would only destabilise it and obscure its special character and its social role, which has no substitute.”
In another section of his speech, the Pope made another apparent reference to homosexual marriage, stating that the Church had to say “‘no’ to weak and deviant forms of love.”
He said the Church wanted instead to say “‘yes’ to authentic love, to the reality of man as he was created by God.”
And no to everything else.
As for those “ethical principles:” do they include clamping down on dissent, covering up sex abuse, advocating abstinence as the best solution to Africa’s AIDs crisis, dispatch-
ing Italy’s fertility laws back to the Dark Ages, preventing nuns from ministering to gays, and attempting to rehabilitate the Crusaders?
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