The Pope has… and I can hardly bring myself to write this… spoken against HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE!
Can you imagine such a thing?
The Pope of Rome has denoucced "marriage" between people of the same sex?!?
The best thing about this, is the panicky report of this sent by a reader.
It is just to good not to show you as it appears in this AFP piece.
Isn’t that great? Just a headline and a single sentence. No context. Just…
"But Father! But Father!" you may be whispering. "You mention the context. What was it? What did the Pope really say?"
The Holy Father delivered this genuine shocker when address social organizations.
Here is part of the talk with me emphases and comments:
Often, however, it is not easy to arrive at a satisfactory synthesis between spiritual life and apostolic activity. The pressure exerted by the prevailing culture, which constantly holds up a lifestyle based on the law of the stronger, on easy and attractive gain, ends up influencing our ways of thinking, our projects and the goals of our service, and risks emptying them of the motivation of faith and Christian hope which had originally inspired them. [Be sure to review Deus caritas est and Spe salvi. We need a strong identity to hold ourselves upright, faithfully Catholic, in the public square. Remember that Holy Father spoke of martyrdom when he arrived in Portugal. He has also exhorted them not to be afraid to show faith in the public square.] The many pressing requests which we receive for support and assistance from the poor and marginalized of society impel us to look for solutions which correspond to the logic of efficiency, quantifiable effects and publicity. Nonetheless, the synthesis which I mentioned above is absolutely necessary, dear brothers and sisters, if you are to serve Christ in the men and women who look to you. In this world of division, all of us are called to have a profound and authentic unity of heart, spirit and action. [Unity in the Catholic Faith.]
The many social institutions which serve the common good, and are close to those in need, include those of the Catholic Church. [Here we go! Catholic identity for the sake of working in the world….] The guiding principles of the latter need to be clear, so that they can be clearly identifiable by the inspiration of their aims, in the choice of their human resources, in their methods of operation, in the quality of their services, and in the serious and effective management of their means. The solid identity of these institutions provides a real service, and is of great help to those who benefit from them. Beyond this issue of identity, and connected with it, it is a fundamental step to ensure that Christian charitable activity is granted autonomy and independence from politics and ideologies (cf. Deus Caritas Est, 31b), even while cooperating with state agencies in the pursuit of common goals. [How did that work in Washington DC recently?]
The services you provide, and your educational and charitable activities, must all be crowned by projects of freedom whose goal is human promotion and universal fraternity. Here we can locate the urgent commitment of Christians in defence of human rights, with concern for the totality of the human person in its various dimensions. [Totality of the human person includes respect for God’s creation.] I express my deep appreciation for all those social and pastoral initiatives aimed at combating the socio-economic and cultural mechanisms which lead to abortion, and are openly concerned to defend life and to promote the reconciliation and healing of those harmed by the tragedy of abortion. Initiatives aimed at protecting the essential and primary values of life, beginning at conception, and of the family based on the indissoluble marriage between a man and a woman, [only… not two women, or two men, or three or four, or a combination of same, or of children or dogs or any other critter.] help to respond to some of today’s most insidious and dangerous threats to the common good. Such initiatives represent, alongside numerous other forms of commitment, essential elements in the building of the civilization of love.
All this fits very closely with the message of Our Lady which resounds in this place: penance, prayer and forgiveness aimed at the conversion of hearts. In this way you are building the civilization of love, whose seeds God has sown in the heart of every man and woman, to which faith in Christ the Saviour gives abundant growth.
So,… what the Pope thinks is "insidious and dangerous" included more than just homosexual unions falsely defined as "marriage".