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Pope Benedict denounces efforts toward legalizing gay marriage in U.S.

Friday, March 9, 2012

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI on Friday denounced the “powerful political and cultural currents” seeking to legalize same-sex marriage in the United States, and urged U.S. bishops to strengthen their teaching of the evils of premarital sex and cohabitation.

Pope Benedict XVI

The pope’s latest comments opposing marriage equality for same-sex couples came in an address to bishops from several Midwestern states on a routine visit to the Vatican, reported the Associated Press.

Benedict has long championed traditional marriage between man and woman, as well as opposition to premarital sex and fidelity within marriage. But his strong comments to visiting U.S. bishops took on particular significance given the culture wars that have erupted in the U.S. this campaign season.

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In addition, bishops have been at the forefront of the campaign against same-sex marriage, with at least five U.S. states scheduling ballot measures on the issue in coming months. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the head of the U.S. conference of bishops and archbishop of New York, unsuccessfully lobbied against the legalization of gay marriage in his state.

Benedict said a weakened appreciation for “traditional marriage” has led to “grave social problems bearing an immense human and economic cost.”

In his “State of the World” address in January, Benedict called same-sex marriage a threat to “human dignity and the future of humanity itself.”

The Roman Catholic Church, which has approximately 1.3 billion members worldwide, teaches that homosexual acts are sinful, and that children should grow up in a “traditional” family with a mother and a father.

Currently, same-sex marriage is legal in six states — Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont — and the District of Columbia.

This year, Washington state and Maryland became the seventh and eighth states, respectively, to legalize same-sex marriage through their state legislatures, but opponents are in both states are gathering petition signatures to put a referendum on their November ballots in hopes of repealing the laws before they take effect.

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  1. I think Ezio should pay Pope Benedict a visit :]

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:33pm
  2. Yeah, well his car’s ugly and his wardrobe doesn’t fit properly so ;-p

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:33pm
  3. How is this newsworthy?

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:34pm
  4. so paedophilia is okay, but being gay isn’t? fuck the pope and fuck the vatican

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:34pm
  5. Fuck this old puece of shit. Who the fuck is he? Hes as importan as my pet bird. Infact, my bird is more important than him. FUCK HIM.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:35pm
  6. this is a special message for pope shithead. fuck you and your mother too. SS Child!

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:35pm
  7. Pope Benedict needs to move into the 21st century and needs to start following the practices of his own religion…LOVE thy neighbor!! The pope is a hypocrite. He has been responsible for hiding parts of the sex abuse scandal and made countless of innocent victims suffer. He encourages his bishops and priests to spread the word of hate NOT God.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:35pm
  8. well, its pope benedict, who didnt expect this really?

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:35pm
  9. I have a thought for Pope Benedict: Rather than denouncing gay marriage where two people take vows and commit to one another, try denouncing your perverted priests who ignore THEIR vows and molest children and have sexual encounters with women?

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:35pm
  10. Amen to that. He can bite my shiny metal ass

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:35pm
  11. This makes me :(

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:37pm
  12. Get over it Popey Dopey.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:37pm
  13. @Tanya Deslauries, yeah, wtf is up with that? Is he that stupid or something? Being gay isn’t wrong but that pedo stuff is wrong. >_<

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:37pm
  14. as a roman catholic who loves her faith, truly, i’m sorry that some of us act this way. we’re all not like that, i promise.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:37pm
  15. Maybe focusing on creepy pervie priests should be a priority! The church is not government anymore!

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:38pm
  16. You don’t scare us.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:38pm
  17. Funny how he doesn’t say anything about the numerous countries that have legalized gay marriage already.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:38pm
  18. Awww, does the Pope still think his “authority” is relevant?

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:38pm
  19. Well, good for him — he should have no say here, anyway. Stay in your little Vatican City, Pope Nazi, and stop trying to tell everyone how to live their lives.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:39pm
  20. Ungh… Again… This from the man in the dress…

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:40pm
  21. He and his paedophile buddies are probably laughing at us all, trying to take away our rights.
    He’s so gonna fail miserably

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:41pm
  22. He needs to be banned from speaking

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:41pm
  23. Yes it really sucks when people fight for their equal rights!

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:43pm
  24. The catholic nazi needs to mind his own people…the ones molesting little boys?

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:44pm
  25. That old queen needs to stop talking

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:44pm
  26. NAZI

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:44pm
  27. Who asked him any way……he needs to SHUT THE FUCK UP !!!!

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:45pm
  28. What’s the period in history called when political and social life was dominated by the Catholic Church? Oh yeah, the Dark Ages.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:46pm
  29. Marianna, we know ;) It would be just as narrow of us to make asinine stereotypes as it is for ” ‘the’ church” to do so. It’s just unfortunate that so many think (rather, don’t bother to think other than) that theocracy is realistic or viable.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:46pm
  30. My heart breaks for people who are broken, misguided, and just full of sin.. That being people who think they are better than others and feel like they can judge everyone else…Stupid mf…Everyone should have equal rights…If you can find a person man or women different or same sex that loves you and you love them. You grab ahold of that love and never let go…Isnt America suppose to be the Land of Freedom?

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:47pm
  31. I guess this is a place where the church should stay out of politics unless they pay taxes

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:47pm
  32. The Pope needs to go back to churc and figure out what his real agenda is. I think they need to clean thier own house before they at least come a knocken to mine on that issue.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:47pm
  33. I think the time this pope spent in Hitler’s Youth Camp didnt do him any good.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:47pm
  34. RIP John Paul II

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:53pm
  35. Remove all tax breaks for the Catholic Church NOW !!!!

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:53pm
  36. The Pope is a bigoted horses arse!! We can’t get married but his damn Priests can sexually abuse children and that is ok??? The Catholic church hides what they don’t want people to know !!! Did you know there are more gospels but only 4 got into bible??? Mary Magdalin was not included!! Amongst others!!! Afraid of the woman Jesus chose to be his mate??? Bigots!!!

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:54pm
  37. Well I guess Priests and Alter Boys can’t tie the knott

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:56pm
  38. I would like to ask him “when did you come put of the closet to tell your parents your straight?” Since they all think we choose to be this way!! I hate it when they think it’s a choice to be gay!!! Fuck, I mean Seriously everyone don’t they have there “own” shit to worry about?!

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:57pm
  39. The bible talks about an anti-pope in revelations.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:57pm
  40. One appointed MAN trying to dictate to all men.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:58pm
  41. Pray for his closed mind and cold heart.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:58pm
  42. Is he tapping his foot under the stall again?!

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2:03pm
  43. pervert the unperverted and call them perverted…blame them for your own church perversion…teach your children to be perverted…eh, why do men take on so many idols?

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2:04pm
  44. Pope Benedict takes it up the ass. Look at his face in this photo. That dildo must feel good!!!

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2:05pm
  45. really?? but that outfit is so FABULOUS – i don’t get it!

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2:11pm
  46. If Popedom Nazi wants to enter politics here in America then the Catholic Church needs to start paying taxes.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2:12pm
  47. “Let him without sin cast the first stone”
    Maybe it’s time for the church to pay more attention to it’s own teachings.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2:13pm
  48. That pope ought to be defrocked

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2:13pm
  49. ask for proof of any of his arguments, and he’ll dodge answering for sure…

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2:15pm
  50. You want a voice here? Start by paying taxes.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2:17pm
  51. I hope I live to see the day that we have a gay pope.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2:17pm
  52. He’s just a sick old batard who means nothing.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2:23pm
  53. Thje last time a german, who hated gays, had this much power, the world struck back and World War II began, just saying Pope Benedict, know your history and taper your role!

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2:27pm
  54. Well lets see, Jesus said if I be lifted up, not if the Pope be lifted up AND he is not even from this country. Shut up Pope.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2:29pm
  55. Who cares what the POPE thinks?!?… Shut the front door, you’re not the president of the USA…

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2:33pm
  56. Don’t worry, the Catholic Church is dying a slow and lingering death. I doubt very seriously that it’ll last half way through this millennium unless they make some drastic changes.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2:44pm
  57. I am a Catholic and I fully and openly support the LGBTQ community.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2:49pm
  58. The Catholic Church is so full of hate and hypocracy, don’t buy it.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2:51pm
  59. Of course he does, he’s a shit.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2:56pm
  60. How many choir boys has this old Nazi buggered and now he presumes to speak to U.S. law? Fuck him!

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2:59pm
  61. the man wears a dress and think it is ok to denounce legalized marraige? hmm

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 3:01pm
  62. One would think with the hooplah they sing about the seperation of church and state that they would have no strings to pull anyway. Churches teach their fear tactics and keep the little lemmings in line and pay no taxes. They should have no say so in weather this is legalized or not. This world gets a little more sick everyday. Just say no to organized religion! Religion has killed more people than cigarettes, alcohol, car crashes, airplane crashes, and 100 illnesses COMBINED. When are people going to finally wake up and see this? The only reason these idiots have any kind of power is because we allow it to happen. Come on lemmings! Open that mind. Liberate yourself from idiocracy!

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 3:11pm
  63. fuck the nazi

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 3:27pm
  64. another reason I am glad I am not a Catholic. Guess everyone has a right to free speech even when filled with so much hate. Too bad he claims to speak for God!

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 3:38pm
  65. I don’t condone violence in any way but Pope Benedict deserves a bullet in the head

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 3:42pm
  66. I now want to get married just to piss him off. how sad that such an old man who should have so much wisdom is such a disappointment!

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 3:45pm
  67. Well he and everyone in a religious job title tends to forget”We are human,we have all sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.”He quotes religious bs,but if God isn’t a judgmental God,why are people trying to play God?Religion doesn’t protect anyone from sin.Everyone is a sinner,for we are all human.And what about all the priests that have molested and raped children for centuries?oh he won’t address that now will he?pathetic

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 3:46pm
  68. The Vatican needs to mind it’s own damn business and stay out of American politics and social life!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 3:47pm
  69. Yeah, because they are afraid the alter boys will want a ring before being sodomized.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 3:47pm
  70. Judgment is by God.
    Not by God wanna be’s!

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 3:55pm
  71. Ha. Have up catholicism and men, became a wiccan priestess, and married a woman. You can see how well I took too church doctrine, lol.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 3:57pm
  72. Thanks but no thanks pope im pretty sure you arent a US citizen also you dont have a hold over anybody here especially from the so called holy vatican and how come Ive never heard a pope address the problem of pedophilia for little boys with their priest Im pretty sure thats detrimental to society, the catholic church is the biggest bigot of them all and will be dealt with when the lord decides that its time to end this shit.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 4:16pm
  73. put the nazi in an oven for 20 hours.. that will improve the world

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 4:16pm
  74. As a former Catholic I can say…what a farce.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 5:04pm
  75. Dear Holy Father….SHUT UP!

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 5:16pm