... marriage and the family “must be promoted and defended from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature, since whatever is injurious to them is in fact injurious to human coexistence as such.”
The family is the “foundation of social life” but it is “threatened in many places by a faulty conception of human nature,” the Pope said Sept. 21. The defense of the family and of human life promotes “values that allow the full development of the human person created in the image and likeness of God.” It is “not at all backward-looking but prophetic.”His comment on the "full development of the human person" has been widely interpreted by gay pundits as implying that homosexuals are not fully-developed humans, which of course is extremely offensive. This prompted none other than gay patron saint Lady Ga Ga herself to weigh in:
What the pope thinks of being gay does not matter. It doesn’t matter to the world. It matters to the people who like the pope and follow the pope. It’s not a reflection of all Christians. It is not a reflection of all religious people. It’s a point of view of one person.I don't normally pay attention to what the Catholic Church has to say about homosexuality - I'm not a Catholic and I have no interest in belonging to a church that thinks I'm disordered or sinful by nature. The Catholic Church is a private organization and they are free to conduct their affairs as they see fit. No one is forced to belong to the Church, and they don't run around beheading apostates and non-believers. In a free society, people and groups are free to believe and say what they want. I don't believe that any church should be forced to support gay marriage or perform gay marriage ceremonies in their buildings.
However, the Catholic Church effectively receives massive state subsidies in the form of tax exemptions and deductions available to their supporters and donors by virtue of their status as a charitable organization. Furthermore, in Ontario the Catholic Church runs a huge religious separate school system that is funded by the provincial government. I presume they are teaching their students the Church's official policies on homosexuality and gay marriage, in direct contravention of the policies of the elected secular government. In effect, I am forced to support the Catholic Church with my tax dollars whether I like it or not.
If the Pope Benedict and the Catholic Church are going to meddle in secular affairs, they should voluntarily give up ALL state support and tax exempt status. When that happens, I'll be the first person to tell Pope Benedict to "preach away, brother."