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Pope Benedict: Same-sex marriage threatens humanity

By Phil Reese
Washington Blade
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI used his Monday “State of the World” address to condemn efforts around the world to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples, calling same-sex marriage a threat to “human dignity and the future of humanity itself.”

Pope Benedict XVI

Initially speaking about economic issues, the “Arab Spring,” and of the importance of education, the pontiff switched gears and took aim at the LGBT community.

“Pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and woman,” the leader of the 1.3-billion member Roman Catholic Church said.

“This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself,” he told the crowd of 180 diplomats gathered in the Vatican.

Next month, according to New York Daily News, the pope will elevate New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, a leading opponent of marriage equality to cardinal, the elite group that leads critical Roman Catholic institutions. Dolan once attacked the Obama administration for not supporting a federal ban on gay marriage, saying the the choice would drive “conflict” between church and state of “enormous proportions.”

Marriage is now legal for same-sex couples in New York, where Dolan is located.

“The family unit is fundamental for the educational process and for the development both of individuals and states; hence there is a need for policies which promote the family and aid social cohesion and dialogue,” the pope told the diplomats.

According to Reuters, Benedict has been effective in attracting dissatisfied conservatives from other denominations into the Catholic Church, including Anglicans and Episcopalians whose traditions, core beliefs, structure of worship service, and hierarchical leadership structure mirrors that of the Catholic Church.

Anglicans and Episcopalians who abandon their church over LGBT or womens’ rights can connect to a special parallel hierarchy overseen by the Catholic Church called “ordinariates,” which are similar to dioceses.

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  1. Where is dislike button???????????

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:25pm
  2. this is ridciculously funny! Perhaps his little hat is too tight!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:25pm
  3. Fuck this fool.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:26pm
  4. for some balance.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:26pm
  5. The Pope is a threat to humanity.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:27pm
  6. fuck religion

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:27pm
  7. cut me a break already… I could care less what the pope thinks.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:27pm
  8. Oh Please…..

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:27pm
  9. Just as much as having kids outta wedlock.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:27pm
  10. so does religion. ever heard of “Revelations” old man?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:27pm
  11. What a moron…:/

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:28pm
  12. More like Pedophelic priests ruin his say in what is right seeing that the church moved these sick freaks around to other parishes for years.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:28pm
  13. Ohhhhh MYYYYY GOSH!! The “man” who knew children were being molested by his pedophile priests—who was responsible for moving those priests from parish to parish– has the NERVE to say same sex marriage threatens humanity? You have GOT TO BE FRICKING KIDDING ME!!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:28pm
  14. They need a thumbs down icon on here..

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:28pm
  15. What an ignorant statement… Then again they were right with women’s rights.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:29pm
  16. Religion is fucking stupid.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:29pm
  17. You took the words right out of my mouth Stefani.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:29pm
  18. “Ah yes… the hate is swelling in you now.”

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:30pm
  19. Pretty bold for a former Hitler Youth.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:30pm
  20. religion is a threat to humanity

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:30pm
  21. @Stefani I was about to say the same thing-almost word for word, but you beat me to it! To ADD to that statement…The Nazi party-which he was a member of(Youth for Hitler, lest anyone forgot) is in MY mind the biggest threat t humanity. He should be executed as far as I am concerned.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:30pm
  22. His opinion threatens humanity :P

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:30pm
  23. Screw the old Nazi supporting bastard!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:30pm
  24. Advice on marriage, form a guy who’s never been married O.O

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:31pm
  25. Logan Davis: Pope Benedict threatens humanity.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:31pm
  26. The greatest threat to humanity is Hate!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:32pm
  27. well poop to you too you bigot. yes, I called the ‘poop’ a bigot because he is. I was catholic and I wish he’d fix the church’s scandals before judging LGBT people that are probably better in God’s eyes than this fake.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:32pm
  28. Watch out for pedophile priests they are threat to humanity especially children.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:33pm
  29. he is a wanker and i bet he has LOTS of gay thoughts.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:33pm
  30. boooo. boop beep :(

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:33pm
  31. This is exactly why I’m sometimes ashamed to be a Catholic. I can’t believe he would say that.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:33pm
  32. some people think that this pope is very holy person to look up to but that not true. he’s just a human being that isn’t educated about certain things. i just God breaks his ego or whatever and finally open this pope eyes

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:34pm
  33. who cares what he says the church is crumbling around him, and he knows it.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:34pm
  34. Hmmm..wonder why I stopped being Catholic

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:34pm
  35. says the master of all rock spiders. Go back to you planet you intruder.

    vile religious excrement. :) better

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:34pm
  36. So is imposing an Inquisition that was committed by your institution centuries ago; one you’ll never apologize for. But you know, that’s fine. I, and everyone else that’s homosexual, get blamed for everything else anyways.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:36pm
  37. Another thought-his last visit to the US they had to grant him diplomatic immunity because he did, after all, aid felons(child molestation is a felony) next time, dont let him have the immunity and put his ass in prison where it belongs.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:39pm
  38. Fuck the religion and ++ him for saying that!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:39pm
  39. wants to say something snarky about Catholicism…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:39pm
  40. The pope threatens humanity, not gay marriages. He condemns birth control, so the poor in the third world keep having children until they die and no money to raise any children, then we have to give to charity.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:41pm
  41. Where as pedophilia is good for humanity????

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:42pm
  42. That’s such “carzy” thinking! People are already in same-sex relationships…and humanity isn’t falling apart! It’s true that you can’t keep us from loving one another and being together, but we want the rights & privileges that hetero couples have. And, why shouldn’t we? after all, we’re human too!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:44pm
  43. Sheeeeeeeesh

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:44pm
  44. Yea, and the Earth is also SO underpopulated…. WTH??!?!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:44pm
  45. how does the Pope know the state of the world?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:45pm
  46. And this comes from a former Nazi who manned an anti aircraft gun for Herr Hitler in WWII ? WHY is he leading the catholic Church ? The Church of St Peter ?

    I used to love the Catholic Church, and I tried hard to fit in, but I am not going lock(goose) step with this asshole.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:46pm
  47. I think it’s a little ridiculous that you’re all attacking this man. There are lots of gay Catholics in the world who think he is a good and holy man. I mean, it seems stupid to us but he is from a whole other generation so we have to be understanding. Hate fighting hate gets us nowhere. Let’s fight this with love, people. <3

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:47pm
  48. Hmmmm donations must go on… Live and let live Sir. Clean your own backyard. Stop hating on the gay population. Peace to all.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:47pm
  49. he’s so lost. Reminds me of a book I saw yesterday “Jesus wants to save the Christians.”

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:47pm
  50. when did we become a threat to the world ? umm i dont recall that at all we make the world better by trying to create equality among all and the right for people like us to have the freedom to marry our lovers and having it legal in the eyes of the world and the law how are we a threat ? honestly

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:48pm
  51. oh. the. humanity.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:50pm
  52. wow and sad to say im a gay catholic…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:53pm
  53. He needs to drop it. I know so many Catholics who have said as long as you’re happy that’s all that matters. They have also said it’s not their place to judge and are happy if I am. I just hope people don’t stereotype that all Catholics think the same as him.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:56pm
  54. BS!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:56pm
  55. Even a horse would make a better leader…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:57pm
  56. the Catholic church is the wealthiest church in the world and the people most loyal to it are starving and living in abject poverty.
    It’s amazing to me that his holiness the Pope is constantly ostracising homosexuals yet he continues to allow his perverted priests to rape young boys.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:57pm
  57. That hat threatens humanity.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:01pm
  58. The pope is living in his Catholic bubble. Fact is, the church is falling apart. Furthermore, many of us are raising the children that the heterosexuals were not mature enough to raise, yet, in the eyes of the church, we are a substandard part of society. We are not a threat to humanity; religion is the real treat. A group of people who believe in things that are so far fetched, they are not even conceivable, pardon the pun, is perhaps the larger problem here not to mention the support for inequality. To promote social injustice and further segregation for women, queers, etc. makes me sick. I will no longer support an institution that does not support me. I have never left the Catholic church; I didn’t have to because the church left me. Let them fall I say. It will look good on them. They will get what is coming to them, pope and all!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:02pm
  59. i think 8 billion people on the planet is a threat to humanity!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:06pm
  60. hey guys calm down. all your comments are making you seem just as bad as some of the over religious bigots,not Every religious person, mind you. we need to be above that. religion is Not stupid and you’d all do well to respect those who you so desperately want respect From.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:08pm
  61. Wasn’t he a nazi? Oh wait I mean isn’t he a nazi.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:09pm
  62. Oh please. he also believes that there was nothing wrong with sexually abusing children too. ASHAMED to be a Roman Catholic!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:09pm
  63. a nazi talking about what threatens humanity – in truth HE is a threat to humanity – and leads the BIGGEST threat to humanity

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:10pm
  64. That man fucks little boys and thinks there is nothing wrong with it. The pope gets no say on who gets married. Oh let’s not forget he is a real Natzi.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:11pm
  65. I just read the entire article…can someone here show me where he says the word “HATE”? He didn’t. The only one’s showing hatred are the haters here. Sometimes I think we gay people create our OWN hate and then hate our LGBT brothers and sisters if we should, God Forbid, have an opposite opinion!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:14pm
  66. Crazy! stop the hate. just 1 more reason to question all religions that preach such hate and intolerance.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:16pm
  67. Like he has any working concept of what’s normal.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:18pm
  68. You know what is dangerous to humanity Mr. Pope? Your priests, raping children. That pretty much covers what is dangerous to our society… it’s your rapist pedifile priests.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:19pm
  69. The Roman Catholic Church theatens Humanity!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:20pm
  70. precisely why I left the catholic church – homophobes!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:27pm
  71. No Pope, your prists who molest children and your church who tried to cover it all up includeing youself threaten humanity.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:33pm
  72. I never knew my marriage was that powerful ;)

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:37pm
  73. The Church is NOT falling apart..far from it…and the Church didn’t leave you sir…you left IT because you wanted your own set of rules and doctrines..THAT”S why you and other LGBT have left! >:-(

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:38pm
  74. Pedophile Priests threaten humanity!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:43pm
  75. I never liked him anyway, so this just raises the bar.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:47pm
  76. has this man seriously not heard of in vitro and adoption?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:56pm
  77. Pedophile priests and those who harbor them threatens humanity!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:57pm
  78. This hatred is EXACTLY why I now longer practice Catholicism.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 7:01pm
  79. im worried, i may be catholic but i realize that it is wrong to go against our own notion of “love everyone”, self-contradicting much?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 7:02pm
  80. That is the classiest post on here, Julia. Nice to see it! If only they hateful words were turned around and calm and rational words were used, it would be so much more bearable to read these posts. And I am one of those gay people who loves his Faith AND his Church. As you probably know and others just poo-poo the logic, The Church herself didn’t say and do all the crap listed here.. the men who REPRESENTED her did it all. She doesn’t hate anyone, the men who RUN her misrepresent her. and THAT’S what makes ME angry.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 7:04pm
  81. so says the guy in the dress and funky hat

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 7:17pm
  82. no it doesn’t. there’s too much of him already.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 7:19pm
  83. 2 words that are the epitome of them – DRAG SHOW!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 7:21pm
  84. Shame on him and he’s suppossedly a man of God.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 7:23pm
  85. Last time I checked, raping children and scarring them for life is pretty dang detrimental to humanity! Gays and Lesbians are not. Their gay bashing is a direct effect of the homosexual pedophilia that occurs behind their doors that they’re trying oh so very hard to keep quiet. Two words. Epic. Fail.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 7:34pm
  86. I think he got that backwards … Marriage INEQUALITY is a threat to human dignity … !

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 7:36pm
  87. If I can’t get married straight couples can’t divorce. Just saying.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 7:38pm
  88. Arrest that homophobic pedophile!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 7:55pm
  89. yeah he condemns it and look whose in the dress? hmmm just saying.. oh and don’t get me started on his accessories? and his men in waiting LOL

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 7:58pm
  90. Because everyone is actually gay and only wait for legal marriage to have sex and when they are allowed will then stop having babies forever. Don’t argue, because SCIENCE.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 8:00pm
  91. Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 8:02pm
  92. I’VE LOST SOOOO MUCH RESPECT FOR THE POPE RIGHT NOW.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 8:11pm
  93. news flash to Pope Benedict = your whole Catholic Church is a Threat To Humanity!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 8:16pm
  94. All the priest raping lil boyz iz the gotdamn threat

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 8:52pm
  95. Religion has perverted human thinking.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 9:43pm
  96. seriously..out of all the problems..gay marriage is a threat to humanity! FUCK you bastard!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 9:46pm
  97. This coming from a former member of Hitler’s Nazi Youth, and a man who routinely covers up the largest child molestation/sex scandal in the world… priceless.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 9:49pm
  98. Burn!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 11:50pm
  99. On one hand your “corporate” religion covers up & allows the molestation of innocent young boys. On the other hand you seek to condem homosexuals who merely want to learn from your mistakes and live a life that respects true human nature. Yet another reason I don’t believe in organized religin!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 11:52pm
  100. i thinkhe´smuch too old to understand this changes.he cant dal with “artificial” pregnancy and stuff.it´s not really that he´s against LGBTQ people,i guess.

    Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 1:21am
  101. Go to hell Benny!

    Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 1:40am
  102. This is why I left religion and became spiritual.

    Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 2:38am
  103. I just wanna know, how many little boys did you molest?

    Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 6:07am
  104. unlike the catholic church which has become a church of money and power rather than a church of God. if God is love, then any time there is Love between two people, there is God between two people, and thus ANY love between consenting adults, is acceptable and should be cherished rather than vilified.

    Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 6:12am
  105. I remember as a former Catholic nun – the day this guy got elected. He was Cardinal Ratzinger. His theology threatened humanity way back then… I was horrified the day he was elected… hence former catholic nun. I left the Catholic Church and the “nunnery” because I could no longer live with representing a “organized faith” that elected such small minded bigoted, supposedly “celibate” men… who spoke for and made rules for all of it’s faithful. Sure the Catholic Church has been around for ions and I believe in many of it’s theological expressions. But the male clergy leaders preach and teach exclusivity and male domination. They behave in abusive ways to women and children and all who do not “conform” to their uninspired thoughts and beliefs. That is not what Jesus taught at all. The second Vatican council taught that the highest authority was the formed informed conscience. It’s OK to express your horror and disbelief over the actions and words of this so called leader… we are informed and we have a right to stand up, be counted and heard!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 6:24am
  106. This coming from some one who thinks he was sent here by God to be God here on earth. GIVE ME A BREAK God would never send some one her to act in his place is says in the bible that know one is to try and be him. Let Gay familys alone and take of the hat site in the living room and fart like the rest of the world.People need to stop acting like they know everything make sure there lives are 100% before trying to step in and change anyone els. NO ONES life if 100% so STOP ACTING LIKE GOD AND LET HIM DO HIS WORK. He knows what he wants for us and will give it when he sees fit.

    Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 6:33am
  107. I remember, as a former Catholic nun, the day this man was elected. He was cardinal Ratzinger…his theology threatened humanity way back then….I was horrified the day he was elected, hence former Catholic nun! I left the church and the “nunnery” because I could no longer live with “representing an “organized faith” that elected such small minded bigoted supposedly “celibate” men…who spoke for and made rules for all of it’s faithful. Sure the Catholic Church has been around ions and I believe in many of it’s theological expressions. But the male clergy “leaders” preach and teach exclusivity and male domination. They behave on abusive ways to women and children and all who do not conform to their uninspired thoughts and beliefs. That is NOT what Jesus taught at all! The second Vatican council taught that the highest form of authority is the formed informed conscience. It is OK to express your horror and disbelief over the actions and words of this so called leader..we are informed and we have a right to stand up, be counted and be heard…and we absolutely have a right to be treated with human dignity …we too are made in God’s image…….

    Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 6:49am
  108. Frankly I don’t give a shit what the christens think. love they fellow man? lol if this was directed towards mixed race marriage it would be Hate Mongering.

    Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 7:22am
  109. Priests sexually abusing children and the Vatican looking the other way is A THREAT TO HUMANITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 9:33am
  110. Wait, Same-sex marriage threatens humanity? What about stupidity? No? Just same-sex marriage? I think there’s a lot of other things that ACTUALLY threaten humanity where as same-sex marriage does not.

    Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 5:34pm
  111. Of course he would say that, he’s the pope for goodness sakes.

    Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 6:09pm
  112. Tears would come to Christ’s eye that His church had turned its back on people who love.

    Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 6:19pm
  113. Pope Benedict must not realize that being celibate ALSO threatens humanity! You can’t procreate by secretly masturbating!! He must’ve also forgot that covering up allegations of sexual molestation and not bringing priests to justice who have molested little boys also threatens humanity as that creates a culture of depressed, suicidal, and/or unstable grown men.

    Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 8:26pm
  114. and so it marches on and spreads the violence/ the hate/ the fear-of-other that can and DID desimate another youg soul, who DID take up the work to befriend others, but could not complete the task. RIP, Eric, knowing that you are cherished and remembered.

    Posted on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 2:15am
  115. Pope?!! The people who lie to become, and now that he’s pope he’s saying we threaten humanity?! Come’s from a liar himself.

    Fucking pathetic

    Posted on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 6:27am
  116. the devil must be innocent because the pope looks evil with the cross staff he’s holding:p

    Posted on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 7:28am