Monday’s edition of Osservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Vatican, features a front-page editorial attacking French Catholic magazine Temoignage Chretien (“Christian Witness”) for supporting marriage equality. The editorial claims that same-sex couples exist in “a different reality” because they are unable to conceive children, and goes on to claim that marriage equality is part of some socialist “utopia”:
Saying that marriage between a woman and a man is equal to that between two homosexuals is, in fact, a denial of the truth that affects one of the basic structures of human society, the family. We cannot base a society on these foundations without then paying a very high price as happened in the past when there was an attempt to achieve total economic and social equality. Why repeat the same mistake and chase after an unattainable utopia?
The editorial comes on the heels of Pope Benedict’s World Peace Day 2013 address claiming that marriage equality threatens “serious harm to justice and peace.” Though the Catholic Church has always condemned homosexuality as “sinful,” cries of “socialism” represent a new low for the Holy See’s desperation to oppose LGBT equality.