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On Monday, Pope Benedict XVI decried equality in marriage for same-sex couples, saying such marriages threaten¬†“the future of humanity itself,” according to Reuters.

“This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society,” Benedict said of the family at a gathering of some 180 diplomats. “Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself.

He added, “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.”

But, you see, Benedict isn’t really hateful and bigoted. He loves gay people. His simple concern is for the future survival of the human race. Next on Benedict’s plans is a complete change in theology and doctrine. Goodbye to celibacy for Catholic priests. He’s going to let them get married to make up for the deficit in child bearing caused by all of these gay couples.

Oh, wait… the world is already teetering on over-population.

Yeah… back to square one: Sorry, gays, the pope just hates you.

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Do what love requires

In a post at Bilerico.com, I write a bit on the current controversy bubbling out of the impending marriage equality vote by the Washington, D.C. City Council. The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., is threatening to pull its social services if the bill passes.

They say their religious freedoms and the freedoms of individuals and small businesses will be threatened by marriage equality.

It is clear we have to face religious issues and use them to our advantage in our next steps toward marriage equality.

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Squandering nature’s knowledge

What happens when you take one of the most powerful, most influential world-wide “governments” with unfettered access to all the accumulated knowledge of Western Civilization and allow them to speak on the environment, nature’s “law,” sexual orientation and gender?

They ignore it, trash it, squander it — and sound like they’ve never taken a serious look at human biology in their entire 2,000 year existence.

Recently, Pope Benedict XVI said, “[The church] must defend not only the earth, water and air as gifts of creation that belong to all. It must also defend the human person against its own destruction. What’s needed is something like a ‘human ecology,’ understood in the right sense. It’s not simply an outdated metaphysics if the church speaks of the nature of the human person as man and woman, and asks that this order of creation be respected.”

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As if he’s in any position to judge…

From Reuters:

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Pop star Madonna’s antics are lustful, a stain on humanity and offensive to God, a retired Roman Catholic cardinal said Wednesday during a mass for the late Chilean military dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

Madonna performed in Santiago on the Latin American leg of her Sticky and Sweet Tour to promote her album “Hard Candy.”

“The atmosphere in our city is pretty agitated because this woman is visiting and with incredibly shameful behavior provokes a wild and lustful enthusiasm,” Cardinal Jorge Medina told the congregation.

“Thoughts of lust, impure thoughts, impure acts, are an offense to God and a dirty stain on our heart,” Medina said in his homily marking the second anniversary of Pinochet’s death.

The conservative prelate is reviled by some Chileans for his close ties to Pinochet, who died in 2006 without facing trial for the fate of 3,000 people who died or disappeared during his 1973-1990 rule.

(Writing by Simon Gardner, Editing by Anthony Boadle)

Oookay.