Pope: Calling Homosexual unions a Marriage undermines 'the future of humanity itself'
Marriage 'the fundamental cell of every society,' Pope Benedict declares
In some of his strongest wording to date on the subject, Pope Benedict declared that calling homosexual partnerships a marriage was among several threats to the family that undermined "the future of humanity itself." The pope made the comments in a New Year address to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican.
Pope Benedict decreed in 2009 that Anglicans who leave their Church, many because they feel it has veered from orthodox christianity in both belief and practice, can find a home in the Catholic Church through Anglican ordinariates. They are a form of floating Diocese which allow them to maintain aspects of their Anglican Patrimony within the full communion of the catholic Church.
Speaking to diplomats from nearly 180 countries, the Pope said that the education of children needed proper "settings" and that "pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman.
"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," he said.
The Vatican, working with Catholic officials around the globe has strongly opposed efforts to legalize gay marriage in Europe and other developed parts of the world.The Holy See has defended marriage as a lifelong union between one man and one woman. It bases this defense upon the truth revealed in the Natural Law and recognized cross-culturally for millennia.
New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, one of the leading opponents of calling homosexual partnerships a marriage - and changing the civil law to accomodate such a claim in the the United States - will be elevated to the status of cardinal next month.
Archbishop Dolan is a strong defender of the two parent, oppositie sex, marriage bound family. He has opposed efforts to redefine the word marriage to include homosexual partnerships. He fought against "gay marriage" before it was called legal by New York State last June.
Last September, Archbishop Dolan sent a letter to President Barack Obama criticizing his administration's decision not to defend authentic marriage under the Defense of Marriage Act.
Dolan, who holds the post of president of the U.S. Bishops Conference, said in the letter that such a policy could "precipitate a national conflict between church and state of enormous proportions."
The Roman Catholic Church teaches that while homosexual tendencies are not sinful, homosexual acts are. Further, the Church affirms that children have a right to a family with a mother and a father. Of course, the Church is aware of single parent homes and has developed one of the greatest support systems to assist them.
"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," Benedict told the diplomats.
Some Anglicans have left their church over its acceptance of homosexual "marriage" and affirmation of actively homosexual clergy. They have sought membership within the full communion of the Catholic Church. The Vatican has taken historic steps to welcome them.
Pope Benedict XVI issued an apostolic constituion in 2009 which enables Anglicans who leave their Church - many because they feel it has veered from orthodox christian doctrine and practice - to find a home inthe Catholic Church through the Anglican ordinariate which allows them to maintain aspects of their Anglican Patrimony.
The Vatican established these "ordinariates," structures similar to dioceses, in Britain and the United States to oversee former Anglicans who have come into the full communion of the Catholic Church.More are in formation in other Nations.
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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for December 2013
General Intention: Victimized Children. That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need.
Missionary Intention: Prepare the Savior's Coming. That Christians, enlightened by the Word incarnate, may prepare humanity for the Savior's coming.
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