God Cuts Off Pope Benedict’s Anti-Gay Marriage Screed

Pope Benedict XVI was forced to cut short his anti-gay marriage speech in Madrid this weekend after “powerful winds and sheets of rain struck at a vast air base, whipping off his skullcap, shaking the stage and knocking over at least one tent.” He did get at least this much out:

The Lord calls many people to marriage, in which a man and a woman, in becoming one flesh, find fulfilment in a profound life of communion,” he told the young pilgrims.

A Vatican spokesman said on Sunday as many as 1.5 million pilgrims had gathered to hear the pope. Marriage was a project for true love, deepened by sharing joys and sorrows, and marked by “complete self-giving”, said the pope.

“For this reason, to acknowledge the beauty and goodness of marriage is to realize that only a setting of fidelity and indissolubility, along with an openness to God’s gift of live, is adequate to the grandeur and dignity of marital love.”

The Pope has for years “pressed for a purge of homosexuality not merely as an act or a lifestyle but as an orientation,” calling it “an intrinsic moral evil” and “an objective disorder.”