Pope Benedict XVI’s Christmas message referred to same-gender marriage as destabilizing. He also said a union between two people of the same sex constituted “an offense against the truth of the human person, with serious harm to justice and peace." Emotional abuse, though unintended, can be worse than physical abuse. This is one such case.
Equally Blessed, a coalition of American Catholic groups supporting LGBTQS civil and human rights, said in a statement the Pope’s comments, along with those of the official Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano were “particularly dispiriting at this sacred time of year when families that include LGBT children, parents and grandparents gather to celebrate the birth of the Christ child.”
Part of the Pope’s Christmas message had a thin veneer of humility. According to the Bishop of Rome, opposition to marriage equality is not “confessional in character, but addressed to all people, whatever their religious affiliation.” He unabashedly added the Catholic church’s leadership is all the more necessary where “these principles [on traditional marriage] are denied or misunderstood, since this constitutes an offence against the truth …”
The day after the Pope’s message, more than 250 clergy in Illinois announced support for marriage equality’s legalization in 2013. They joined their voices with many faiths and denominations including Unitarians, Episcopalians, United Church of Christ, and some Jewish groups who have already supported LGBTQS civil and human rights in other states.
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