Pope Francis on Friday in front of a large audience in the Philippines attacked same-sex marriage.
Friday, while traveling in the Philippines, Pope Francis moved into a more conservative mode and attacked same-sex marriage.
"The family is threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage, by relativism, by the culture of the ephemeral, by a lack of openness to life,” the Pontiff told thousands at a Mass in Manila. "These realities are increasingly under attack from powerful forces, which threaten to disfigure God’s plan for creation."
The 78-year old Argentinean also referred to the movement in many countries to accept same-sex marriage as an "ideological colonization that we have to be careful about that is trying to destroy the family."
"Every threat to the family is a threat to society itself," Francis also told the conservative Catholic nation. "The future of humanity, as Saint John Paul II often said, passes through the family."
Ironically, Pope Francis concluded his speech by saying he was "very moved after the Mass today when I visited that shelter for children with no parents." Those "children with no parents" likely could have parents if same-sex couples were allowed to marry and adopt.
Image: Pope Francis in the Philippines. Photo via Flickr