Pope's Anti-Gay Remarks Spur Controversy
Speaking in a holiday address to the Curia, Pope Benedict XVI described behaviour beyond traditional heterosexual relations as "a destruction of God's work" and urged respect for the "nature of the human being as man and woman."
His remarks were immediately denounced as "totally irresponsible and unacceptable" by gay groups across Europe.
"It is more the case that we need to be saved from his comments. It is comments like this that justify homophobic bullying that goes on in schools and it is comments like this that justify gay bashing," the chief of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement chief, Sharon Ferguson, has said.
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I am aware he is so called religous leader. I intentionally called him 'political'. I see the Vatican as one of the political forces in the world.
As with any person, household, organization, country..., I believe in taking a look and reflection inside before pointing fingers out there. Then, again, it is a matter of how one views homosexuality and if they consider it a "sin", then they should consider there are as many sinners inside the Catholic walls as there are outside. How about starting on the inside. Actually, how about some tolerance for a change
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"I have to agree that statements like this ARE "irresponsible" coming from a political figure, which the Pope is."
The Pope is a religious leader, not a political one. He is the leader of the Catholic Church world-wide. He is much more powerful than any one political leader of any one country. The Catholic Church does not condone homosexuality. The Catholic Church does attract gays and even pedophiles because of the fact that women are conspicuously absent from the priesthood. These gay priests are considered sick puppies, sinners who have to struggle with their carnal desires and have to pray for forgiveness each and every day.
I am not gay yet I have to agree that statements like this ARE "irresponsible" coming from a political figure, which the Pope is.
Actually, before making anti-gay remarks, he should open the closets of the Catholic priests and take a look.
***If this is offensive to the conservative Catholic readers, apology, but facts are facts, right?