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Pope Benedict: Marriage Equality Presents ‘Serious Harm To Justice And Peace’

By Zack Ford  

"Pope Benedict: Marriage Equality Presents ‘Serious Harm To Justice And Peace’"

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Pope Benedict XVI has presented his message for World Day of Peace 2013, which takes place January 1, and he apparently used the speech to reiterate his condemnation of same-sex marriage. He claimed that attempts to pass marriage equality “harm and help to destabilize marriage” and present “serious harm to justice and peace”:

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.

Benedict has previously said that gay people are a “defection in human nature” and that same-sex marriage bears an “immense human and economic cost” that threatens the “future of humanity itself.”

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