Pope Condemns Same Sex Union as Attack on Society
VATICAN CITY, December 20,
2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In an address on Saturday, Pope John Paul II
has warned that the "union between a man and a woman which takes place
in marriage and gives rise to the family community" is confronted
today by attacks which "grow stronger and more radical every day." He
said, "Whoever destroys this basic fabric of human coexistence causes
a deep wound to society and often causes irreparable damage."
The Pope did not content himself, as many other religious leaders
have, with speaking out only against homosexual 'marriage'. He spoke
specifically against proposals to give the benefits of marriage to
cohabiting couples. He noted a list of attacks on the family
including: "The attempt to reduce the family to a private affective
experience, socially irrelevant; to confuse individual rights with
those proper to the family nucleus constituted by a bond of matrimony;
to make cohabitation equal to marriage."
The Pope also addressed issues of life; speaking of abortion along
with artificial procreation via in vitro fertilization as "areas in
which subversion is underway in society."
Devaluating marriage and losing respect for human dignity, said the
Pope, is not progress. "What is presented as progress of civilization
or scientific conquest, in many cases is, in fact, a defeat for human
dignity and for society. ... The truth about man ... cannot be
sacrificed to technological dominion or the prevarication of desires
over authentic rights," the Pope concluded.
See the full address (in Italian):
مار شربل للحياة
Saint Charbel for Life
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