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First Encyclical By Pope Francis Continues Benedict’s Holy War On Same-Sex Marriage

by David Badash on July 5, 2013

in Marriage,News,Religion

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Pope Francis I just issued his first encyclical, chose former Pope Benedict XVI as his co-author, and chose to continue Benedict’s unhinged international holy war against same-sex marriage.

“Lumen fidei” or “The Light of Faith” is the title of Francis’ 82-page encyclical — a major statement on Catholic doctrine — which was originally drafted by Benedict XVI but given to Francis to complete. Benedict, as Pope, many times attacked same-sex marriage. Some thought Francis would focus more on less controversial issues and take the church back to its traditional home of caring for the poor, the sick, and the needy. Apparently, Francis has a different view than those who saw his elevation as a new time of unity for the Church.

“Absorbed and deepened in the family, faith becomes a light capable of illumining all our relationships in society,” Pope Francis I writes. “As an experience of the mercy of God the Father, it sets us on the path of brotherhood. Modernity sought to build a universal brotherhood based on equality, yet we gradually came to realize that this brotherhood, lacking a reference to a common Father as its ultimate foundation, cannot endure. We need to return to the true basis of brotherhood. The history of faith has been from the beginning a history of brotherhood, albeit not without conflict.” [Bolding ours]

In “Popes have no faith in gay marriage,” Australian news site News.com.au reports the encyclical “restates the Catholic Church’s position on marriage saying it should be a ‘stable union of man and woman.’”

The full excerpt:

The first setting in which faith enlightens the human city is the family. I think first and foremost of the stable union of man and woman in marriage. This union is born of their love, as a sign and presence of God’s own love, and of the acknowledgment and acceptance of the goodness of sexual differentiation, whereby spouses can become one flesh (cf. Gen 2:24) and are enabled to give birth to a new life, a manifestation of the Creator’s good- ness, wisdom and loving plan. Grounded in this love, a man and a woman can promise each oth- er mutual love in a gesture which engages their entire lives and mirrors many features of faith. Promising love for ever is possible when we perceive a plan bigger than our own ideas and undertakings, a plan which sustains us and enables us to surrender our future entirely to the one we love. Faith also helps us to grasp in all its depth and richness the begetting of children, as a sign of the love of the Creator who entrusts us with the mystery of a new person.

The good news?

“The 82-page text stresses that there is no contradiction between the Catholic faith and the modern world and calls for more dialogue with scientists, other religions and non-believers,” News.com.au notes.

 

Image: Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI by Benediktus Diptyarsa via Twitter

Related:

Pope: Gays Are ‘A Concept Of Human Nature That Has Proven Defective’ And Threaten The Family

Vatican Calls Same-Sex Marriage ‘Sick Egalitarianism’

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Larry & Patrick July 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm

hate is hate, even from the Pope it is hate. I am sorry sir, but you have become one of the enemy now…We will win this war and your continued hatred will not only be your downfall but will continue to be the downfall of your church.

descriptivegrace July 5, 2013 at 9:28 pm

You're the hater. You can screw each other all you want. But marriage is between a man and a woman. Keep your perversion in your bedroom and stop trying to force it on normal people.

Larry & Patrick July 5, 2013 at 10:05 pm

ummmmm…..LMAO last time I checked the Supreme Court said that I was free to marry whom I choose. We are coming to your state next love!! and you know what WE ARE WINNING….so take your hate-filled, tired, religious tyranny and shove it up your ass.

BJLincoln July 5, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Funny how most American Catholics support equal marriage and don't follow many doctrines

They live in their own world and are so out of touch. They are a joke.
Men in dresses telling others how to live while they support and hide child molesters, spend gross amounts of money on…well…..everything, and sell soft porn in their book store. Bad, bad, bad boys in dresses.
What surprises me is the people who continue to support them!
Worshiping Jesus/God is one thing but supporting this church is quite another.

Bose_in_SP_MN July 5, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Also today at the Vatican, Francis and Benedict oversaw the consecration of the statue of Saint Michael the Archangel:

July 5, 2013: The Catholic World Report

The Vatican, with its admitted internal "gay lobby" has erected a giant statue of a ripped, basically nude male angel. No big surprise there.

But, look a little closer: In the sculpture apparently commissioned under Benedict, Michael the archangel is shown crushing the head of his enemy, the devil, to prevent the devil from disfiguring Michael's beautiful face.

A video which shows the piece from multiple angles: gloria.tv/?media=469800

Let's do a quick review of Papal perceptions of the "enemy". Some of us happen to be "intrinsically disordered" (per Benedict). Many more of us in the U.S. are supporters of an "ideology of evil" (John Paul II describing marriage equality). We're also in the business of "seriously harm[ing] the family" (per Francis in 2010, while fighting against marriage equality and gay parenting).

Frame those thoughts up with Vatican leaders and staffers daily passing by this monstrous (yet erotic) testament to God's ability to use skull-crushing violence to defeat an enemy.

More of Francis' instructions about the statue (my edits bracketed): "Though the devil always tries to disfigure the face of the Archangel and that of humanity [the 'traditional' family], God is stronger, it is His victory and His salvation that is offered to all men [, or at least the hetero and/or celibate]."

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