Pope Benedict spoke out again today against marriage equality, calling it a threat to “the future of humanity itself.” He emphasized that children need proper “settings” that place pride in the “family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman”:
BENEDICT: 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… 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 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.” Despite the Church’s hard line opposing gay rights, few U.S. Catholics actually feel that its leaders speak on their behalf on such issues. (HT: Towleroad)