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Pope condemns same-sex marriage in ‘World Day of Peace’ message

Sunday, December 16, 2012

In his global message for World Day of Peace, which takes place on Jan. 1, Pope Benedict XVI will use the opportunity to condemn same-sex marriage, which he calls a “serious harm to justice and peace.”

Pope Benedict XVI

The pontiff warns that any efforts to allow gays and lesbians to wed will “actually harm and help to destabilize marriage,” according to the text of the speech, which has been released by the Vatican.

“There is also a need to acknowledge and promote the natural structure of marriage as the union of a man and a woman in the face of attempts to make it juridically equivalent to radically different types of union; such attempts actually harm and help to destabilize marriage, obscuring its specific nature and its indispensable role in society.

“These principles are not truths of faith, nor are they simply a corollary of the right to religious freedom. They are inscribed in human nature itself, accessible to reason and thus common to all humanity. The Church’s efforts to promote them are not therefore confessional in character, but addressed to all people, whatever their religious affiliation. Efforts of this kind are all the more necessary the more these principles are denied or misunderstood, since this constitutes an offence against the truth of the human person, with serious harm to justice and peace.”

Earlier this year, Benedict called same-sex marriage a threat to “human dignity and the future of humanity itself,” and said that a weakened appreciation for “traditional marriage” has led to “grave social problems bearing an immense human and economic cost.”

Activists, angered by the Pope’s remarks, held a small protest in St. Peter’s Square during the pontiff’s weekly address on Sunday.

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.

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  1. these Popes really need to get with the times and promote universal acceptance.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:46pm
  2. Quite a peaceful message. Just take a geritol and sit on your “throne”!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:46pm
  3. in tge world day of peace huh?

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:47pm
  4. Not my pope.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:47pm
  5. Betch

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:48pm
  6. lololol because marriage is SO stable now xD

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:48pm
  7. Without commenting on Catholicism or Catholics, I think that Ratzinger is behaving like an ass.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:49pm
  8. For someone with so much power and followers he sure is a close minded ignorant person……

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:49pm
  9. You must first understand intimacy (on all levels not just sex) in order to understand why the Pope has no business speaking of marital matters. just my opinion

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:49pm
  10. 50% failure rate….totally stable.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:49pm
  11. Wow, I almost called the pope a “c*nt”…right here on your page, no less. I refrained, however, because I’m a gentleman…

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:50pm
  12. oh who cares? I condemn the Vatican.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:50pm
  13. Said the man in the dress and matching hat

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:50pm
  14. he condems love for a peace message?? even though catholics came out and said homosexuality was not in thier bible and to follow holy ghost/holy spirit for love. pope may need prayers to know god more. know god if you know love

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:50pm
  15. Evil incarnate

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:50pm
  16. wow what a nazi

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:51pm
  17. I condem the pope!!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:51pm
  18. condemns same-sex consensual relations yet covers up sexual abuse in the rank and file smh

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:51pm
  19. Well there’s a surprise! Its ok to bugger little boys, but when 2 adults want to commit to a loving relationship, ohhhhhhh no! Just look at his eyes evil!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:51pm
  20. tHE POOPE CAN KISS MY ASS

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:52pm
  21. Oh, did he learn to hate gays in the Hitler youth or from closeted self hating priests when he joined the Church?

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:52pm
  22. Meh, he’s just doing his job. Besides, honestly, what does he know?

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:53pm
  23. Yes LGBT communities worldwide are waging wars based on their beliefs. Oh wait no that’s religion. LGBT people are molesting and killing children and covering it up. Oh wait no that’s still religion.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:54pm
  24. pffffffft !

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:54pm
  25. Ass

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:54pm
  26. What the heck…the peace of the Lord be with you and by the way, to hell with these “other people” expressing their joy and love not only for God but for each other! The pope speaks to the wind….

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:55pm
  27. Because gay people you’ll never meet getting married is the great problem facing the world–not the tremendous human suffering and death inflicted throughout the world on human beings dying of war, famine, drought, and disease. Nope–it’s homosexual couples being given the same legal rights to be married and happy (or miserable as the case may be) that’s the big concern.

    The Pope, a moral leader–what a joke!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:55pm
  28. If I met ANYONE on the street with a look like that on their face I would run screaming! He look scary as hell.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:55pm
  29. The Face if Evil.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:55pm
  30. who cares he’s a nazi

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:55pm
  31. The pope looks so evil… :/

    The last pope was a lovely man though

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:56pm
  32. of course he will condemn it, he cant marry the boys he molests!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:56pm
  33. so peaceful…. -_- in his head maybe…

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:56pm
  34. evil looking bastard

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:56pm
  35. It’s okay, he’s already condemned himself. Soon he’ll be revealed. What an ass – and how silly it is that folks thinks he knows better than anyone else.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:58pm
  36. He looks possessed like in the excercism(spelledwrong) movies

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:58pm
  37. he really does look very EVIL

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:58pm
  38. He looks so evil.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:58pm
  39. Give it a few decades, this religion is dying anyways and nobody will want to take the Pope’s place. It’s how much I “care” about this “faith”.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:58pm
  40. I thought violence, war, famine, global climate change, and intolerance of others were some of the top barriers for peace. Damn us gay people for wanting marriage and equality! :/ Same old song and dance from a despicable person.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 3:59pm
  41. what the heck?? is he posessed? he looks so evil

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:00pm
  42. But pedophilia will never be condemn will it? Looks like the Vatican is a safe heaven for child molesters! Way to go Pope

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:00pm
  43. Shawna: He is evil, just like the church he leads.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:00pm
  44. As though I give a rat’s ass what he thinks.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:01pm
  45. Instead of condemning the needless deaths of the world’s children through war, famine, drought- he focuses on gay marriage, like gay marriage hurts society. Truly do not understand the hate he spreads

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:02pm
  46. What a nice way to commemorate Peace.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:02pm
  47. The pope is the devil! what a pompous ass!!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:02pm
  48. One of the leading assholes of our day.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:02pm
  49. I really don’t give a damn what he thinks!!! I will live my life, & not listen to a human being on my choice to LUV women:)

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:02pm
  50. Who the f**k asked him? Let him join the Westboro Baptist Church if he wants to be a hater!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:03pm
  51. Time to silence this motherfucker!! Gag the pope!!! Impose a people’s international gag order!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:03pm
  52. a truly sad waste of life this man is

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:03pm
  53. Who elected a the gremlin for pope?

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:05pm
  54. What do you expect from a bigot!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:05pm
  55. Is this the same dude that also got so many people thinking that the world was gonna end?

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:05pm
  56. You cannot promote peace when you live with hate in your life! Even the smallest hate is a seed of cancer! Every good thing the pope has ever been is null an void because he feels any kind of hate towards “gods children”! Sad very sad!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:08pm
  57. But not the mass murder of children by gun violence?

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:08pm
  58. Nowhere in the bible does it say that one should shove their beliefs on another person

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:09pm
  59. What an uneducated prick child molester

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:09pm
  60. Oh have to totally agree, some of the pictures of this guy are totally freaky… I’d be scared if I saw him walking down the street. Worse choice ever for the church, wonder how many have left since he took the top spot, oh wait, he just acts like he’s top dog.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:09pm
  61. And what does same sex marriage have to do with world peace. That hat is too tight on his head.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:10pm
  62. Condemns gay marriage before he’ll condemn pedophilia in his church…this pope is an ass hat.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:11pm
  63. i don’t feel like dealing with this anymore.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:12pm
  64. he is an idiot anyway so who cares what he says or thinks! These type of Evil men are always near.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:12pm
  65. this is totally unacceptable. no wander I refuse to go to church anymore.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:12pm
  66. I must say i have just finiished reading all of the pope’s speech. i am sure whoever wrote this report did not. It is very easy to quote one or two phrases out of context in someones writing and then report whatever you like. This Peace message certainly contained so much more than what this link has led you to believe. If anyone is truly interested in the Pope’s World Day of Peace Message, I would advise you to read all of it the way it is intended, not just a few words from it that someone else put together.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:13pm
  67. Evil nazi drag queen

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:15pm
  68. Blah,blah,blah…its the same old song with these nits, now isn’t it?

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:16pm
  69. Yet allows the molestation of many young children. Ridiculous!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:16pm
  70. He should condemn his own Pedophile enabling church! They’ve done and keep doing more damage than any gay people who are simply living their lives openly. So fuck him and his homophobic religion!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:17pm
  71. Now that promoting peace! (Insert sarcasm)

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:17pm
  72. Way to go hypocrite!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:19pm
  73. wasn’t aware that condemnation and hate equate “peace.” But, I’ve always been bad at math.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:20pm
  74. Condemns same sex marriage but hides all the sicko child molesters??

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:22pm
  75. couldnt have said it better ^^

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:25pm
  76. consider the source. old nazi leader as head of the dying roman empire remnants, dressed in robes, and promoting boy molestation.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:29pm
  77. Fuck off you fucking asshole also the Catholic Church did not write the bible. Quit spreading you lies.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:31pm
  78. Coming from the man in a dress and flaming purse.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:31pm
  79. Ain’t nobody got time for his mess. Lol

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:37pm
  80. What a snake he is.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:44pm
  81. Ah, blow it out your mitre.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:46pm
  82. what if i want to condem the pope for being an unjustified IDIOT

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:52pm
  83. condemning someone is not peace … it is hatred … and not Godlike in any way shape or form …. he will see his error in his ways one day …. No David Keddle they didn’t write the Bible … it was written by man and every religion has twisted it to fit their beliefs and how they want it to seen and believed in … and yes I am catholic was baptist before that …. but I put no faith in any organized church or religion.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:52pm
  84. The pope is a wounded animal …. Losingnpower and less and less people are listening to him.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:52pm
  85. he looks evil in this pic. I mean really evil.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:54pm
  86. Well, I condemn the pope. :p

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:56pm
  87. This country is moving forward. The catholic church can move
    with us or fade away.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:58pm
  88. hate the papacy but love the pope?

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:59pm
  89. A message of hate on world peace day? This freak is an oxymoron.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 5:00pm
  90. Hey Poop, how does it feel to know that no matter what you say, no matter what you do, you can’t even slow the process toward equality let alone stop it?

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 5:01pm
  91. Lol, says the germ!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 5:12pm
  92. Irrelevant.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 5:17pm
  93. I condemn the molester pope

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 5:22pm
  94. I would love to shove a dildo up his ass with no lube.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 5:26pm
  95. Randy by the look he’s giving in this picture looks like he already has one shoved all the way up.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 5:41pm
  96. He looks like satan himself.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 5:42pm
  97. he was part of hitlers nazi youth party …. yikes !

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 5:43pm
  98. Looser

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 5:43pm
  99. nazi youth party

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 5:43pm
  100. Booooooooo!!! Religious sadist’s. The opposite of love is not hate its fear. People like that are weak.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 5:47pm
  101. He looks really scary…

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 5:56pm
  102. Worry about your molester clan and we’ll worry about US! One LOVE!!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 5:58pm
  103. F*%K the POOP!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 5:59pm
  104. I am one to not judge people! I’ve been raised catholic, and it’s so interesting to me that the religion I know (the only one I know) is so hurtful w/their remarks. What does gay marriage have anything to do with world peace? That doesn’t make any sense to me. Why should I, the pope, my neighbor, or you, tell somebody else they CANNOT marry somebody? It’s not our place! But it’s also interesting to me that my religion that hates gays, has had homosexual pedophiles as priests. Now how can you go around saying gay marriage is bad yet here you are partaking in gay sexual activities. :/ No sense!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 6:01pm
  105. Spoken by Amanda in a dress who lives only with men!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 6:03pm
  106. Dump the leadership of the Catholic Church!! Catholics deserve better…

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 6:06pm
  107. However, he BLESSES Uganda for committing murder of GLTB people?! So Christian of him…

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 6:12pm
  108. of all thecrap going on we need to bitch about people being married what ever

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 6:17pm
  109. The pope probably had knowledge of the assassination of pope john paul 1 and did nothing to stop it.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 6:18pm
  110. A
    My chance to condemn, he just wants to feel free of all the closeted priest who molest children, someone spike his wine!!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 6:22pm
  111. Yeah, what about all the ugly divorces that happen between men and women? Is that a step towards peace? Why doesn’t he mention that?

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 6:27pm
  112. fuck this old ass

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 6:44pm
  113. My message to the “poop”… It’s your Hell, YOU Burn in it!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 6:59pm
  114. Is this a picture from Star Wars IIV? Did they bring Emperor Palpotine? I read the article the picture is freaking creepy.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 7:05pm
  115. So is molesting little boys but I don’t hear him condemning that.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 7:07pm
  116. But it’s okay for the sexual abuse done by priests that the Vatican covers up.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 7:07pm
  117. Shame!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 7:16pm
  118. Oh the irony!!! A former Nazi thinks he’s the authority on how to make the world a more peaceful place.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 7:24pm
  119. DB!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 8:27pm
  120. How can you take anyone seriously who wears a hat as f*cked up as that!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 8:27pm
  121. Biggest hypocrites are the narrowest minded.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 8:34pm
  122. Where did Christ say this nonsense???

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 8:41pm
  123. Devilish eyes

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 9:04pm
  124. And this coming from a man who runs around in a lace dress half the time? Oh Dear!

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 10:21pm
  125. someone’s hat is too big while his heart is too small. The first empire to go down should be theirs.

    Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 11:04pm
  126. World Day of Peace and he’s condoning hate. As an ex catholic I unfortunately understand the irony and double standard all too well.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 12:22am
  127. Nazi !

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 5:09am
  128. Damn that is one evil-looking, scary sonofabitch.

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:14am
  129. Miserable Bastard! Every member of the Catholic Clergy needs to get laid!

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:59am
  130. The False Prophet is trying to be relevant…

    Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 10:46am