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Christmas message from the Pope: Gay marriage ‘threatens’ humanity

Monday, December 24, 2012

The Vatican stepped up its assault on marriage equality, as Pope Benedict XVI said in his Christmas message that same-sex marriage is destroying the very foundations of the family and what it means to be human.

Pope Benedict XVI

In his annual Christmas address to Vatican officials — one of his most high profile speeches of the year — the Pope said that a person’s gender identity is God-given and unchangeable, and as a result, he sees same-sex marriage as a “manipulation of nature.”

“There is no denying the crisis that threatens it (the family) to its foundations — especially in the Western world,” the Pope said. “When such commitment is repudiated, the key figures of human existence likewise vanish: father, mother, child — essential elements of the experience of being human are lost.”

In the speech, the Pope denounced what he described as people manipulating their God-given identities to suit their sexual “choice” – and destroying the very “essence of the human creature” in the process.

“People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given to them by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being,” he said. “They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves. The manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man’s fundamental choice where he himself is concerned.”

He has previously said that gay marriage, like abortion and euthanasia, is a threat to world peace.

The Pope’s Christmas message comes amid mounting concern by the Vatican that the Catholic Church’s teachings on homosexuality are falling on deaf ears, with pro-gay marriage movements gaining ground most recently in the U.S., France and Great Britain.

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  1. His stupidity is the thing that threatens Humanity :v

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:09pm
  2. His evilness is the real threat to humanity

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:09pm
  3. aint he just a bundle of joy.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:09pm
  4. Pedophilia also threatens humanity, but that doesn’t seem to bother old Benny.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:10pm
  5. Booooooo, Liberate the People!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:10pm
  6. Emperor Popentine…Pure Evil!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:10pm
  7. you threaten humanity you old fart

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:10pm
  8. Your church and teachings are out-of-touch with the teachings of the New Testimate teachings of Christ.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:11pm
  9. But molesting altar boys is perfectly ok.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:11pm
  10. lol

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:11pm
  11. He not only spews evil he looks evil!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:12pm
  12. Christmas message from me: The Pope is a idiot douche.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:12pm
  13. I got a message for him…truly an unfortunate person.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:12pm
  14. He’s a friggin’ Nazi….

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:12pm
  15. Whom is this Satan tryin’ 2 fool?!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:12pm
  16. I’m beginning to wonder if the reason the Pope don’t bash his priests on pedophilia is he is ok with it too maybe even is guilty of it himself which would explain his views on lgbt issues given that the bible don’t mention them at all he must be ok with all the pedophilia.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:13pm
  17. But they remain silent on why they molest children in the church. Smh

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:13pm
  18. Crazy Nazi Pope

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:13pm
  19. wow what a dick (the pope)

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:13pm
  20. so says the unholy closeted faggot! May he die a lonely painful death!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:13pm
  21. I suppose the next time the world ends it will be our fault. I hope all the bigots won’t be too upset when St. Peter lets us through the pearly gates. If they are, they can always leave. :-)

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:14pm
  22. the pope is a ding bat!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:15pm
  23. Religion should teach love, acceptance, and tolerance, the Pope has none of these.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:15pm
  24. …Says the man with the crazy eyes.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:15pm
  25. I preached against this ridiculous statement yesterday

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:15pm
  26. Sad that even the pope doesn’t read the bible or speak to “God” I have no hate to any religion. But I do not like when it is push on me and they don’t even follow their so called rules. Hate is what destroys humanity.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:16pm
  27. And one who has a bevie of gay priests, bishops and cardinals. Time to wake up and admit that gay people add to humanity in new ways!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:17pm
  28. Lets see here,A religion that hides pedophiles,wont allow women a choice on there bodies,considers rape an avoidable act( in a nutshell) . Has as its beginning word,” ROMAN” anything the romans did was done to excess including SEX…with either gender!!! Yep thats right pope on a rope…you just keep telling yourself all that fluff!!! GEESH!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:17pm
  29. He’s the Anti-Christ.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:17pm
  30. fuck the pope….lol.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:18pm
  31. Pardon my cussing buuuuuuuuuuut…

    SHUT. THE. FUCK. UP. YOU. OLD. FART.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:18pm
  32. Anyone who believe they have control over another’s soul is evil…. period

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:18pm
  33. booooo! LOL I laugh at his comment!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:21pm
  34. What an insane Nazi pig. This is how you celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace? Hateful, nasty, pathetic and a HUGE embarrassment to Catholics.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:22pm
  35. Before he became pope he headed the organization within the church that formally headed the inquisition (renamed of course). He just might be the antichrist.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:22pm
  36. Sorry he feels that way,,,,,perhaps he needs to look at his own humanity

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:23pm
  37. Catholics and other whacked out religious members who believe this sad stuff… are the real threat to humanity… I mean, who wants more biogts, racists, haters and whack-a-doodles on this planet… NOT ME!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:23pm
  38. He can piss off. Sorry.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:26pm
  39. My mom is catholic and she calls the pope the devil.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:27pm
  40. What threatens humanity is bigotry.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:29pm
  41. I miss the less dickish pope.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:29pm
  42. Your dictatoship is destroying humanity your losing control cause of your Ancient beliefs…Love all <3

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:29pm
  43. I could give shit one what this criminal henchman thinks.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:30pm
  44. Elderly version of Hilter. And yet pope you wear a dress but say equal marriage rights threaten humanity. Hmmm querking there.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:32pm
  45. It doesn’t threaten humanity…..just him!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:32pm
  46. Where’s the dislike button???

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:35pm
  47. What the Pope actually means is that it threatens the establishment and his authoratarian rule over others.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:36pm
  48. He is a sick and evil Drag Queen.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:37pm
  49. The pope is such a joke! NO ONE is a bigger Drag Queen than he is. Look in the mirror Gurl!!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:37pm
  50. You and your Cult are a threat to Humanity Bigot!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:39pm
  51. This is a Christmas message? What do we even say in response to anything like this? It’s one thing to oppose gay marriage but all this talk about threatening the family, humanity and world peace is just insane.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:42pm
  52. Bull!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:42pm
  53. As a (modified) Roman Catholic I am believing that its the Organized Christian Church and the Pope (especially) who threatens humanity.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:46pm
  54. pope fuck off already

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:46pm
  55. Who cares what this dinosaur thinks…

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:47pm
  56. On a lighter side, that pic makes him like a villain from the old Batman show.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:47pm
  57. His purse gets 2 snaps up, but the Cha Cha Heels deduct 1 snap for being out of season.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:48pm
  58. when i see this guy, this really fucking guy, i dont know, aggressions are coming up

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:49pm
  59. He’s got one helluva creepy smile. I wouldn’t trust him …

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:57pm
  60. Christmas message from the LGBT community to the Pope: Your attitude threatens the future of the Catholic Church in the modern world. We will be moving forward while the outdated Catholic Church goes backwards into oblivion!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 3:01pm
  61. So sad. May God forgive him.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 3:02pm
  62. Not nearly as much as his smile…

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 3:04pm
  63. The anti-christ will rule from the Vatican…

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 3:05pm
  64. Haai, wena Pope! Really? Seriously? Tjoe! God is love and love is for everybody, ne! We love you, Pope. Shem. You feel left out by us all? Aag, shem.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 3:09pm
  65. “LOOSER” Get rid of him… this is not the “Middle Ages”

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 3:13pm
  66. This nazi threatens humanity

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 3:14pm
  67. He is a monster ….

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 3:17pm
  68. It’s just sad that a worldwide religious leader would spread a message of hate on what is supposed to be the happiest of holidays in the Christian world.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 3:21pm
  69. He’s an evil looking S.O.B. isn’t he???

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 3:21pm
  70. Just shows their can be asses in every denomination. Hope he won’t be too disappointed when he doesn’t end up in Heaven. He is just a person. That’s all b

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 3:34pm
  71. His words are a threat to humanity. I don’t think he knows what humanity is or he wouldn’t be spreading hate. Having humanity means you can have compassion and understanding for those who are different than you. He is a shameful leader if he thinks he’s a humanitarian by ostracizing people.

    He should say “Happy Holidays Everyone!” And leave his negativity out of it.

    By the way, Happy Holidays to everyone here! =)

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 3:45pm
  72. Nothing like a message of hate @ Christmas, from someone who does not even have a clue of what he is talking about….

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 3:49pm
  73. His religion, as history proves, is more of a threat to humanity than gay people. How much bloodshed has been caused in the name of his God? Its absolutely sickening and our schools dont teach us the bloodshed caused by christians in the past. He really has no idea what the hell he is talking about obviously. Not saying christians are these horrible ppl today cause i dont believe all of them are but history really just made him look stupid

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 3:53pm
  74. The Pope’s fake belief in his fake Iron Age deity has been a threat to the progress of humanity, and will continue to be until and when every last person on this planet who believes in it learns that it’s FAKE.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 4:02pm
  75. Stupid, useless old fuck in an ugly dress!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 4:10pm
  76. What a fool!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 4:11pm
  77. I didn’t vote for him.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 4:12pm
  78. Ugh, in the words of Jay and Silent Bob “cross dressing fuck!” So put that in your pipe and smoke it pope…. lame ass raping donkey dick xD

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 4:14pm
  79. look at his face in this pic ! like a eval clown !

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 4:19pm
  80. Much Loves From Washington State :) :)

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 4:21pm
  81. Fuck you Pope.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 4:33pm
  82. Well FUCK YOU TOO you scumbag peace of shit!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 4:34pm
  83. *piece

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 4:35pm
  84. From one of the order that helped the Nazi’s escape at the end of WWll. Which is a worse threat?

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 4:36pm
  85. Fuck the pope not capital P

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 4:41pm
  86. he is so creepy looking

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:33pm
  87. I have a message to the pope……..go fuck yourself you old nazi!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:44pm
  88. No, being inhumane threatens humanity

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 5:58pm
  89. Pope’s and other closed minded bigots threaten humanity.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 6:11pm
  90. creo que es relativo, ellos “deben” mantener una imagen, como “santa institucion”, aunque muchos estemos en contra de estas palabras y decisiones…!!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 6:29pm
  91. Christmas message for the pope; Burn in hell you Nazi sympathizing mother fucker.

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 6:40pm
  92. I think girlfriend needs to go shop for a bunch of new Prada pumps and just totally lighten up! Get a life, hon! Before you pitch over dead! Just a little friendly advice from one old queen to another. 3:)

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 8:00pm
  93. Screw him – more priests have threatened humanity than a single gay person, much less a loving gay couple!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 8:15pm
  94. WTF??? Who in the hell does he think he is?! NOBODY in my eyes!

    Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 8:24pm
  95. Shame!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 1:25am
  96. Christmas message from the Pope: Other religions ‘threaten’ humanity… as the Inquisition began in 12th century France… Um. do we really want to allow the church to go down that road again?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 8:50am
  97. He looks like an evil drag queen

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 9:32am
  98. ^ isn’t he?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 9:33am
  99. haha

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 10:55am
  100. Christmas message from me to the Catholic Church……it’s you and Catholocizm thats the threat to humnaity

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 11:36am
  101. The pope is an Ass. Happy Holidays.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 11:58am
  102. No–priests raping boys threatens humanity…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 12:02pm