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Pope: Saving humanity from homosexuality just as important as saving rainforest

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benedict-xviIn his end-of-year address to Vatican personnel, Pope Benedict XVI said that eliminating “self-destructive” homosexuality is an important part of “human ecology,” and drew a direct comparison with saving the rainforest.

The Pope’s words come on the heels of the decision of the Vatican—along with the U.S., several Islamic states, and a number of other nations—to refuse signing a U.N. resolution calling for an end to anti-gay laws worldwide, a resolution to which all member states of the European Union were signatories.

BBC News reports:

He explained that defending God’s creation is not limited to saving the environment, but also protecting man from self-destruction.

The pope was delivering his end-of-year address to senior Vatican staff.

His words, later released to the media, emphasised his total rejection of gender theory.

Pope Benedict XVI warned that gender theory blurs the distinction between male and female and could thus lead to the “self-destruction” of the human race.

This sentiment is not surprising in that it represents established Church doctrine, but many will find the way in which the Pope framed his thoughts inappropriate at best. In a modern world in some ways buckling beneath exponential population growth along with rapidly dwindling traditional resources, one wonders exactly what criteria—other than scriptural hermeneutics—the Church considers in defining what is and is not “self-destructive.” The Catholic Church is well-known for its stance against contraception, for instance, even in AIDS-plagued and hunger-stricken African communities.

Also on the agenda for the Pope’s address were his hopes that World Youth Day, which His Holiness attended in Sydney earlier this year, not be viewed as “mere spectacle” or a “rock concert” with the Pope as the star.


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  1. Leon said, on 12/23/08 at 12:10 am

    In the tradition of the line of Pontiffs who arbitrarily, yes at whim!,
    decided what was best for the people of the world
    “ON THE PAIN OF DEATH”…(or damnation).

    ,”POPE Benedict XVI has denounced gender theory,
    warning that it blurs the distinction between male and female
    and could thus lead to the “self-destruction” of the human race.”

    The human race has suffered so much inhumanity at the hands of those who seem to possess & profess the “Intelligence” of God!

    The punch line “…the “self destruction” of the human race” fails to shock most thinking beings…,
    Particularly the geneticists who are now able to produce a “human being”
    without the need for a male/female dichotomy!

    Give us credit oh mighty Philosopher Pope…

    WHAT HAPPENED TO FREE WILL & the ingenuity of the human mind inspired by God?…

    Why deny the human race the
    “scientific method for examining knowledge” (Rene DesCartes)
    & the opportunity to prevent (to infinity) the destruction of both male & female species,
    and everything else in between!

    Merry Cristmas & a Happy New Year!


    I think!

  2. Curtis said, on 12/23/08 at 1:41 am

    Well, it seems to me that this supposed fear for the self-destruction of humanity is a bunch of puffery which one might more realistically view as merely a useful metaphor for the self-destruction of the ideological basis of the Church. This is, after all, really the only thing the Catholic bureaucracy is afraid of.

    I firmly believe that intelligent, inquisitive, principled philosophy can help to guide science safely through the straits of human interest, but such authority will never come from an entity like the Church which is bent chiefly on its own preservation through static, politically charged dogma.

    Thanks for your comment.

  3. thenonconformer said, on 12/23/08 at 2:08 pm

    Sin and repentance, the rarely used words today…

    One thing is obvious, most people when they think of sin, it is something bad that someone else does and not anything they do themselves for a start

  4. Curtis said, on 12/23/08 at 5:14 pm

    Anyone who wishes to do so may—foolishly, in my opinion—view homosexuality as a sin. The problem comes when they expect others who do not share their belief systems to view it in the same way. And absolute disaster results when an organization like the Church expects to entice new lambs to the slaughter through such dicta as these.

    Thanks for your comment.

  5. Jacob said, on 12/24/08 at 6:15 pm

    Like I’ve said before in my last stumble this man needs to get off his high horse, and stop being such a queen.

    I believe that stupid idiotic men are a “real threat” to humanity, than theirs baseless ideas, can he present some facts, or back up any of his idiotic statements?

    Really taking rhetoric would help him out.

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