Pope Benedict accused of stoking homophobia in speech

December 23, 2008

VATICAN CITY (ChattahBox) – Pope Benedict XVI supposedly said on Monday that saving the world from homosexual behavior is as important as saving the rainforests (which we are doing such a great job) from destruction.  In a Christmas message, Benedict XVI supposedly stressed the importance of traditional marriage and condemned gay acts as against God’s will. He also attacked transsexuals, saying: ‘It is not man who decides who is a man or woman but God.’  Reuters reported the pontiff said in a holiday address to the Curia (the Vatican’s central administration):
“(The Church) should also protect man from the destruction of himself. A sort of ecology of man is needed. The tropical forests do deserve our protection. But man, as a creature, does not deserve any less.”

Speaking of protection how about the pedophile priests that have been protected for decades?

In a clear reference to homosexuality, he said the failure to respect the union between a man and a woman amounted to the ‘auto destruction of mankind’.

Humanity needed to ‘listen to the language of creation’ to understand the intended roles of man and woman, he added. Anything that deviated from this was a ‘destruction of God’s works’.

Pope Benedict, 82, known for his hardline views, also defended the Church’s right to ‘speak of human nature as man and woman, and ask that this order of creation be respected’.

It should be noted that some are saying the speech was improperly translated and overly dramatized the homophobic aspects.

It is not the first time that the Pope has used the Curia speech to throw out a controversial idea. Two years ago he complained that Islam had yet to learn the lessons of the Enlightenment.

This month the Vatican opposed a proposed UN declaration, backed by all 27 European Union states, calling for an end to the practice of criminalizing and punishing people for their sexual orientation.

The declaration was seen as an important condemnation of countries such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, where homosexuality can be punished by death.

A Papal spokesman was later forced to clarify that the Vatican continues to condemn the use of the death penalty for any crime, including any related to homosexuality. But, the Vatican said its opposition to the UN proposal was driven by concern that countries that prohibit gay marriage would somehow be targeted.


Comments

4 Responses to “Pope Benedict accused of stoking homophobia in speech”

  1. Rod on December 23rd, 2008 10:36 pm

    Pope Benedict XVI is a person who speaks his mind and he does so with eloquence.

    I find Pope Benedict XVI to be by far the most significant Pope in terms of his statements in my life time. This is a man of honor speaking what should be said to those who rever his statements and to those who may not.

    I completely agree with is assessment on homosexuality yet his statements gives me no reason to fear homosexuality or to engage in bashing homosexuals.

    Those who claim his comments will cause harm are those who are the main problem in the homosexual debate and dialog.

  2. snooch on December 23rd, 2008 10:48 pm

    Jesus said “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone”. i think this is very good advice for Catholic priests. They should keep their stones in their pants.

  3. ace jacobo on December 23rd, 2008 11:32 pm

    We can not tell our children to act different from what we do unless we let them choose from what they see in other people. Don’t let children see a bad example in you, because the Bible says “It is better to be thrown to the depths of the sea than to teach a child what is wrong’, and what’s more, tell them that what is right is wrong or what is wrong is right

  4. nicholas on December 26th, 2008 9:30 pm

    i say that no man has the right to preach hate of any kind this man and he his just a man has no god given right to do this to any man and this is the reason i dont attend mass anymore if i want to hear hate i will join a real hate group not this mans

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