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Anti-gay Pope Benedict XVI’s bigoted and bizarre speech

Saturday, January 14, 2012

When former Focus on the Family leader James Dobson told The Daily Oklahoman in 2004 that, “Homosexuals … want to destroy the institution of marriage. It will destroy marriage. It will destroy the Earth,” reasonable people dismissed him as a crank. And, for the record, six states have since legalized marriage equality and the earth is still here.

Now we learn that Pope Benedict XVI did his best Dobson imitation when he delivered a New Year’s address to diplomats representing 180 nations.

According to reports, the pontiff said that the marriage was “not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies (such as gay couples marrying) which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself.”

Really? Because I just married my same-sex partner in Vermont, a state that allows for such unions. South of us is Massachusetts and Connecticut, which both allow gay people to get hitched. To my east is New Hampshire, another state where gay couples get equal treatment under the law. In this cluster of states, marriage equality has had no visible effect on heterosexuals, unless you count the extra money their businesses have made from gay tourists who visited New England to marry.

Meanwhile, for the LGBT people who live in the region, there has been an obvious increase in human dignity. Whatever evidence Joseph Ratzinger possesses to back his outrageous claim must be shrouded in more secrecy than a Pope-picking conclave.

As for the claim that the future of humanity is in jeopardy — it seems to be a figment of the Pope’s vivid imagination. Life in New England has not changed one iota since marriage equality was established and anyone who says otherwise is either a liar or a lunatic. Which camp is the Pope in?

It is time for people to be honest and admit that this pope is becoming a joke and his reign is an abject failure. He arrogantly swept into office and preposterously lambasted the secularization of Europe, as if the continent was more humane when ruled by the Church and its countless bloody religious wars.

Fortunately, his goal of turning back the clock has been unrealized.

Once staunchly Catholic Spain now has marriage equality and the Vatican had to recall its ambassador to Ireland after the Irish prime minister lambasted the Roman Catholic Church over pedophile priests.

Why are we even listening to the pronouncements of a “moral leader” who presides over a church that has spent billions of dollars to settle child molestation cases? If a church and its leadership do not protect the interests of children and cover-up the misdeeds of monsters, they forfeit the right to point the finger and preach. The last thing hardworking, taxpaying, law abiding LGBT families need is to be scolded by the enablers of the child sexual abuse scandals.

The pathological homophobia of Pope Benedict XVI has filtered down the food chain. Last month, Chicago Archbishop Cardinal Francis George compared the LGBT community to the Ku Klux Klan. After a huge public backlash, he finally apologized

In Minnesota, Saint Paul and Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt recently posted a letter to the local diocesan website that infuses a prayer for marriage discrimination into the Catholic Mass.

Nienstedt’s pathetic “prayer” was to “assist in the strengthening of our state-wide efforts to defend marriage in our civil constitution.”

Can you feel the spirituality?

Sadly, gay bashing is a way to ascend the career ladder in Rome. For instance, the Pope will promote New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan to cardinal next month. Dolan worked mightily, yet unsuccessfully, to keep gay couples from marrying in New York.

Like the Pope, Dolan should either admit he was blowing holy smoke where the sun don’t shine or produce solid evidence that he was correct in asserting that gay couples marrying would harm society.

Of course, his attacks on innocent LGBT families are not the Pope’s only notable gaffes, which include:

  • In 2006, the Pope enraged Muslims when he quoted a 14th-century Christian emperor as saying the Prophet Muhammad had introduced only “evil and inhuman” ideas into the world.
  • In 2009, Benedict decreed that Anglicans who leave their Church because they believed it was too liberal could join the Catholic Church, which would allow them to keep some of their traditions.
  • In 2009 the Pope revoked the excommunications of four schismatic bishops from the far right order, St. Pius X Society. One of the bishops the Pope embraced, Richard Williamson, is a conspiratorial holocaust revisionist who claims the extermination of six million Jews was a hoax.

The pontiff’s rule can best be described as insensitive, indecent, and intolerant, and his latest anti-gay comments should be put into context of his overall reprehensible record. While LGBT marriage equality does not threaten the future of humanity, the out of touch pronouncements and actions of Pope Benedict XVI may very well threaten the future of the Roman Catholic Church.

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51 more reader comments:

  1. The man has NO credibility what so ever !! shut up and comment on relevant issues !!

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 12:30pm
  2. The Inquisition, Nazi Germany, and many many other travesties. What else would you expect from the Dynasty of the White robed queen.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 12:32pm
  3. Leader of the largest ‘old boy’s club’!

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 12:35pm
  4. this pope looks sickly in the face.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 12:36pm
  5. Wasnt he a nazi?!?

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 12:36pm
  6. This pic makes him look like a crazy Nazi. Oh wait….

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 12:36pm
  7. Bastard.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 12:37pm
  8. The man is clearly insane.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 12:38pm
  9. This ‘POPE’ has absolutely proved that every single thing I thought and said about him was absolutely true. Just happy he’s not MY Pope.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 12:38pm
  10. He always did creep me out… I guess it would be obvious that he’d think that way, though.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 12:40pm
  11. Yes he IS a real nazi.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 12:43pm
  12. ok, seriously this man was part of Hitler’s youth group what do you expect? Wish the catholic church would just grow up though because I have no problem with religion but policies that are harmful.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 12:47pm
  13. Come on! The Sieg Heil radiates off this dude’s face!

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 12:48pm
  14. Humans look onto the outside. The Rat looks real bad outside. Gawd looks into the human heart. The Rat looks even worse on the inside!

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 12:49pm
  15. He is EVIL…
    Hate is poison, and those who teach it are poisonous, and need to be held accountable for their teaching and insidious actions. The same hate that Murdered Martin Luther King Is the same hate that Murdered Mathew Sheppard, And is the same hate that Murdered our fellow Americans in 911, Hate is un-American and unacceptable.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 12:50pm
  16. Eh…he’s a crazy old pedophile!

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 12:51pm
  17. fuck the damn pope and catholic church ….. like who gona listen to a gezeer who runs a pedophile church

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 12:52pm
  18. he scary looking…..anyone ask that ass if he ever touched any kids?

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 12:54pm
  19. I fail to see how promoting long-term love between 2 people can do anything but promote love, stability and moral behavior. Would gay hook-ups be preferable? I’m TRULY baffled.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:08pm
  20. I fail to see how promoting long-term love between 2 people can do anything but promote love, stability and moral behavior. Would gay hook-ups be preferable? I’m TRULY baffled.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:09pm
  21. Karma’s way too slow.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:19pm
  22. Stop listening stop posting

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:20pm
  23. I don’t see any hate from the pope. The author is the one that suggested that it is “gay marriage” that undermines the human family, not the pope. Read the original text. Do you feel that gay marriage undermines the human family? The pope didn’t say so in his address. The assertion that it does is all yours!

    The only hate I see here is from this article and the comments afterwards. Do you really hate “hate”? It surely doesn’t sound like it, simply judging by the hateful comments here.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:20pm
  24. This pope is just extremely creepy in so many ways. He took a major part in the cover-up of the child molesting priests. How he is able to justify his actions, while condemning the love of consensual adults.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:22pm
  25. With a name like Benedict are you really surprised what comes out of this guys mouth? Really?

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:24pm
  26. what you expect from a communist

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:30pm
  27. Against homos…unless I’m a choir boy. Sorry. But homophobic gays that seem to prey on boys make me sick.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:34pm
  28. That Pope is a very frightening individual. Just looking at him has always given me the creeps and I have even heard devout Catholics whisper the same. There is something very, very evil about him and I fear we have not seen the worst yet. After all, he is a Nazi and a former Hitler supporter…just read up on his history.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 2:09pm
  29. The clerical narcissism of the Roman Catholic hierarchy from
    the Bishop level and above is in stark constrast to the parish priests and the catholic lay persons, many of whom,
    support ending marriage discrimination. The Catholic
    hierarchy is completely out of touch. It is certainly no
    secret that there is a high percentage of homosexuals in the
    Catholic clergy. The church would be well advised to stay out
    of this debate. In Proposition 8 in California San Francisco
    Archbishop Niederauer got the Mormon’s to do his dirty work
    for him because he knew the Catholic laity would not support
    him or at the very least a huge controversey would be started.
    The Archbishop was however able to secure the support of
    the knights of Columbus, a Catholic mens group which is
    large at 1.6 million menbers and headed by Carl Anderson
    from there New Haven Conn. headquarters. Anderson served
    the administration of George H.W. Bush in the 80′s and
    the knights are an untra-conservative outfit with little
    or no respect for the civil liberties of homosexuals.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 2:13pm
  30. Catholics are morons who the fuck does this old mother fucker think he is just fucking drop dead already shit

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 2:26pm
  31. Doesn’t he have an alter boy to molest?

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 2:27pm
  32. I think he is evil

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 2:30pm
  33. I’d listen to him more if he would stop wearing all that Dolce & Gabbana and the Red Louboutans.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 2:31pm
  34. I mean…Jesus’ teachings are to live less lavish, to protect children…not to judge or persecute…look at his castle and fine garb…he is a self-ordained human being “idolized” and encourages
    people to worship him…

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 2:34pm
  35. He is also trying to get a large population of society to hate, persecute, judge and punish based on his judgment…

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 2:34pm
  36. wow, there is a lot of hatred in this thread. is this the spirit we want to embody? for real? has ANYONE here read the pope’s whole speech? nah, i didn’t think so. maybe you should. and stop hating. gawd. http://press.catholica.va/news_services/press/vis/dinamiche/b2_en.htm

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 2:43pm
  37. He’s pedophile and worked to Hitler in the world war second. Who is Joseph Ratzinger? He’s a old and ugly! Cool.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 2:44pm
  38. A secular AMEN.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 2:53pm
  39. That big fat gold cross he flashes in everyone’s face just tells me who does the crucifying around here…

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 2:54pm
  40. the pope must die

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 2:54pm
  41. Bill- thou shalt not kill…

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 2:57pm
  42. fucking nazi

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 3:58pm
  43. The pigs in the Catholic cult really need to learn their place in society. They need to run their cult and stay out of politics and people’s lives. They need to be brought up on criminal charges for spreading hate, intolerance, and bigotry. The Catholic Church is one of the most immoral, greedy, hate-mongering institutions in recorded history. From its persecution of Jews and homosexuals, to the Inquisition, to its complicity in the Holocaust (including the fact that the present Pope is a former Nazi), to its complicity in pedophilia and denying the victims appropriate compensation, the Church has shown utter disregard for humanity, decency, morality, and the rule of law. I hope the sex abuse victims sue the Church into bankruptcy. And the Church attacks gays for being immoral? lol. Meanwhile, most of the pedophiles are heterosexual. Well if anyone would know anything about immorality, it’s the Catholic Church. The farther away other Churches get from the fanatical Catholic Church, the better off they’ll be. And why has Interpol not issued a warrant for the Pope’s arrest yet? And if the Church can spend hundreds of millions of dollars on hate campaigns and lawyers to fight victims, they can certainly start paying taxes. Why are the taxpayers underwriting government services for the Church? All countries around the world need to prosecute these degenerate priests and the Church hierarchy that covered the crimes up, expropriate all Church property, and tax the Church.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 4:02pm
  44. Hi is a NAZI!!!Shame on him!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 5:01pm
  45. he looks like a monster. not scared!

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 6:16pm
  46. I know that some ppl can be offended but I don’t like the Nazi Pope nor his Church of Pedophilia.

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 9:51pm
  47. You might find it interesting that most catholics disagree with the pope when it comes to gay issues.

    http://publicreligion.org/research/2011/03/for-catholics-open-attitudes-on-gay-issues/

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 9:53pm
  48. The Pope was a member of Hitler’s Youth, yes, but he had no choice. The issue about this was not that he was a member of the organisation, it was that he refused to admit it.

    Back on topic. Anyone else who says they have imaginery friend that “talk” to them would be locked up in a hospital. But I guess if it’s God, it’s okay.

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 1:51am
  49. I rather spend time playing my games then listening what the Pope has to say regarding human beens….What I believe is that….He is an ex Nazi and defenitely there is not space for him in Heaven…..Bless me father for my sins…..

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 2:00pm
  50. That wicked looking old geezer looks like he has a snaggle tooth, and those eyes they look totally evil. That dude needs to go back and live under a wooden bridge. I think they call them trolls.

    Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 4:34pm
  51. I am a gay guy and also Jewish…so i know all about the crap the vatican doles out to minorities trust me.

    But seriously people to compare the comments of this old fool to the work of the nazi madmen is mind boggling!!

    It offends the memory of every Jew, Gay person and differently abled person murdered by a truly evil regime.

    Joseph Ratzinger was a boy when forced to join the hitler youth…he is a bigot and a fool. Not a Nazi

    Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 2:35am