Pope Benedict XVI addresses concerns on gay marriage legalization in the US

By on Mar 9, 2012 in Lifestyle, United States Comments

Pope Benedict XVI addressed on Friday, March 9, 2012 his concerns over gay marriage in the US and asked the Catholic Church to defend the so-called current crisis on marriage and family.

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As noted at Vatican News that day, the Pope met with American bishops from Regions 7, 8, and 9, who are in Rome for their ‘ad limina’ visits and expressed his view on the legalization of gay marriage in the country.

Apparently, Pope Benedict XVI made his speech a week after Maryland became the eighth US state to legalize gay marriage, and joined Massachusetts, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York and Washington, as well as in the District of Columbia.

Below is a portion of the Pope‘s address, which he spoke in English, as taken from News.va where the full context can be found as well as its complete audio.

“In this talk I would like to discuss another serious issue which you raised with me during my Pastoral Visit to America, namely, the contemporary crisis of marriage and the family, and, more generally, of the Christian vision of human sexuality.

It is in fact increasingly evident that a weakened appreciation of the indissolubility of the marriage covenant, and the widespread rejection of a responsible, mature sexual ethic grounded in the practice of chastity, have led to grave societal problems bearing an immense human and economic cost.

In this regard, particular mention must be made of the powerful political and cultural currents seeking to alter the legal definition of marriage. The Church‘s conscientious effort to resist this pressure calls for a reasoned defense of marriage as a natural institution consisting of a specific communion of persons, essentially rooted in the complementarity of the sexes and oriented to procreation.

Sexual differences cannot be dismissed as irrelevant to the definition of marriage. Defending the institution of marriage as a social reality is ultimately a question of justice, since it entails safeguarding the good of the entire human community and the rights of parents and children alike.”

Meanwhile, Pope Benedict XVI also sent a telegram of condolence to Cardinal Ricardo. J. Vidal, archbishop emeritus of Cebu, Philippines, for the death of the prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Jose T. Sanchez, who passed away this Friday morning in Manila at the age of 91.

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