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  • At Marriage Meeting With US Anti-Gay Leaders, Pope Decries 'Spiritual Devastation' Of New Morality

    Pope Francis is in Rome this week at a "traditional marriage" conference. In attendance are some of America's most active anti-gay activists.

    Today kicks off the Vatican's Humanum conference, a meeting of mostly-Catholics from around the world. The official title is, "An International Interreligious Colloquium on The Complementarity of Man and Woman," which should explain why some of America's most anti-gay activists are thrilled to be in attendance.

    From news reports and social media, The New Civil Rights Movement is able to find at least these 14 anti-gay religious crusaders at the Vatican's Humanum:

    Rick Warren, Pastor 

    Russell Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

    Robert P. George, National Organization For Marriage Co-founder 

    Phillip Bethancourt, Executive VP, Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

    Maggie Gallagher, National Organization For Marriage Co-founder 

    Tony Perkins,  President of the Family Research Council

    Brian Brown, President, National Organization For Marriage, 

    Henry Eyring, President of the Mormon Church

    Eric Teetsel, Executive Director of the Manhattan Declaration Institute

    Ryan T. Anderson, Heritage Foundation Fellow

    Mary Ann Glendon, former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican

    Charles Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia

    Austen Ivereigh, author and Catholic Voices founder

    The Pope's speech, full video below, included many veiled attacks on same-sex marriage. Although he did not mention same-sex marriage specifically, his remarks were enough for Christian publications to run headlines like, "Pope Francis stands firm on marriage at Humanum Colloquium."

    "We know that today marriage and the family are in crisis," the Pope told his very-willing audience. "This revolution in manners and morals has often flown the flag of freedom, but in fact it has brought spiritual and material devastation to countless human beings, especially the poorest and most vulnerable."

    "We now live in a culture of the temporary, in which more and more people are simply giving up on marriage as a public commitment."

    "Do not fall into the trap of being swayed by political notion. Family is an anthropological fact – a socially and culturally related fact."


    Here's the Pope's speech (and text) – you can choose English subtitles:


    Fortunately, LGBT pundits and activists shared their thoughts via Twitter:

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    • commented 2014-11-21 11:50:12 -0500
      I think the Pope had a subtle message for those anti-LBGT folk. Read this http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/hold-on-tony-perkins-did-you-actually-read-what-the-pope-said

    • commented 2014-11-18 02:01:39 -0500
      I had sexual attractions to men since in can remember… in 3rd grade I started seeing a guy… I have no attractions towards the opposite sex what so ever. Give me an explanation to that anf I can get it verified as well.

    • commented 2014-11-17 22:47:16 -0500
      Austin Ivereigh – “Scientific evidence shows there’s no such thing as someone being born in the wrong (gender) body.”
      False. In reality, transexualism HAS been supported by quite a lot of scientific evidence.

    • commented 2014-11-17 20:08:52 -0500
      Hey let’s talk about this so maybe people forget about the whole priests molesting children thing.

    • commented 2014-11-17 20:06:20 -0500
      I’m not Entirely sure why anyone is surprised. He’s been misquoted a lot, true, but he has never strayed from the churches long held and public opinion, which is, that gay people are welcome in the church if they are celibate and repentant.

    • commented 2014-11-17 19:22:50 -0500
      I had just started to like the Argentine pope—I thought he was a refreshing change from the unholy and hate-filled Polish and German popes of recent vintage. I was wrong. Francis I is cut from the same cloth: narrow-minded, bigoted, and hate-filled just like Lively and the others.

    • commented 2014-11-17 17:31:52 -0500
      He’s right. Family IS a socially and culturally related fact. What he gets wrong is that the society and culture describes the family, not the other way around. As society in various countries evolve, society gradually adapts to accepting homosexual families. Trying to stigmatize that growth results in nothing but another cultural dark age.

    • commented 2014-11-17 16:27:31 -0500
      Who cares what the catholics think. they should be talking how to heal the hate, but instead they help spread it. So typical…

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