Pope Slams "Dismal" Theories On Gay Marriage Rights

Pope Benedict XVIROME – Pope Benedict spoke out on Friday against legal recognition for unmarried couples and “dismal theories” on the rights of gays to marry which he said stripped men and women of their innate sexual identity.
“I cannot hide my concern about legislation on de facto couples,” the Pope said in a Christmas address to the Rome clergy, weighing into a raging debate in Italy over what legal rights should be given to unmarried and gay couples.
Tensions have been rising in recent months between the Vatican and left-wing parties in Prime Minister Romano Prodi’s ruling coalition, which has pledged to grant some kind of legal recognition to unmarried couples.
Some centre-left politicians have scorned the Vatican for speaking out against the initiative, but the Pope said the Church had the right to be heard.
“If they say the Church shouldn’t interfere in these matters, then we can only reply: should mankind perhaps not interest us?” he said.
The Pope said granting legal recognition to unwed couples was a threat to traditional marriage, which required a higher level of commitment.
But he saved his strongest words for those who suggest gay couples should be put on the same level as a husband and wife.
“This tacitly accredits those dismal theories that strip all relevance from the masculinity and femininity of the human being as though it were a purely biological issue,” the Pope said.
Theories “according to which man should be able to decide autonomously what he is and what he isn’t,” end up with mankind destroying its own identity, he said.
Two parliamentarians in the ruling coalition this week outraged fellow lawmakers by placing four dolls representing homosexual couples near the baby Jesus in the official nativity scene in Italy’s parliament.
They said their gesture was to promote legal recognition for unmarried couples and the legalization of gay marriage.
from The Boston Globe

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