Pope Benedict XVI can expect some pissed off Tweets this week.
The head of the Roman Catholic Church said this week that gay marriage poses a threat to “justice and peace.” He also called same-sex marriage “unnatural.”
The 85-year-old Pontiff kicked off the Christmas season on Friday afternoon with the traditional lighting of the tree in Vatican City’s St. Peter’s Square.
There, he released the Pope’s message for World Day of Peace 2013. In his annual address, he that same-sex marriage is “against human nature.”
According to reports, he said the following:
“There is… 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 Pope went on to suggest that support of gay marriage “constitutes an offense against the truth of the human person, with serious harm to justice and peace.”
Pope Benedict XVI said abortion is also a threat to peace.
This is not the first time that Pope Benedict has vocally opposed same-sex marriage, having derided the idea as “insidious and dangerous” earlier this year.
Previously, he had called same-sex unions “a threat to humanity.”
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