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3 years ago  ::  Jan 11, 2012 - 12:09AM #1
solfeggio
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Pope Benedict has decided all on his own that gay marriage is so dangerous, and such a threat to traditional 'family values' that it actually undermines 'the future of humanity itself.'

www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/244164/new...

www.businessinsider.com/pope-gay-marriag...
  

Evidently, even though he's not married himself, he has this idea that traditional marriages between a male and female are the best kind, and the best for raising kids, and that it must follow that kids growing up in a gay household are probably going to turn out bad.


Too bad he never read up on the statistics of same-sex marriages, which show that kids in these marriages are just as well-adjusted and happy as kids in traditional marriages.

igfculturewatch.com/2004/04/01/gay-marri...

www.medscape.com/viewarticle/514477

And too bad that the Pope doesn't seem to be aware of the fact that homosexuality, like heterosexuality, is a sexual orientation and not a choice.  So often, these religious types will mix up sexuality with morality and get their knickers in a twist when it comes to things about which they know nothing.


Bottom line, of course, is that what consenting adults do in private that doesn't hurt anybody is nobody else's business, least of all religious know-it-all kingpins.      


   
   
      
  

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3 years ago  ::  Jan 11, 2012 - 12:10AM #2
mountain_man
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Jan 11, 2012 -- 12:09AM, solfeggio wrote:

Pope Benedict has decided all on his own that gay marriage is so dangerous, and such a threat to traditional 'family values' that it actually undermines 'the future of humanity itself.'... 


Actually, he is more of a danger to humanity.

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3 years ago  ::  Jan 11, 2012 - 12:35AM #3
rangerken
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I have no problem with the pope saying anything about anything. He's talking to Catholics (and yes, he probably thinks he's talking to everyone) and as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church he has every 'right' to preach what he wants to Catholics.


Those of us who are not Catholics may completely ignore him, which just about all of us do. And, having been married to a Catholic for close to 39 years, I can say with some assurance that lots of Catholics don't accept everything the pope says as doctrine, dogma, or whatever that must be obeyed....my wife being one of these.


This is an example of something I totally disagree with him about. I rather doubt that concerns him naturally...but that's fair, because what he says doesn't concern me.


Ken


PS. No loving relationship between human beings is a danger to anything.....except perhaps to those who think they should be able to decide what a loving relationship is or is not. That's my own...totally heterosexual...opinion...LOL.

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3 years ago  ::  Jan 11, 2012 - 10:42AM #4
Fodaoson
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I have nothing against gays (glbt) but I do find something queer* about them


Queer:   [kweer] adjective, -er, -est, verb, noun


adjective


1. strange or odd from a conventional viewpoint; unusually different; singular: a queer notion of justice.

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3 years ago  ::  Jan 11, 2012 - 11:36AM #5
Marcion
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Does anyone really pay attention to those cranky old men in Rome?


Let them clean up their own act on pedophile protection before they attack anyone else.

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3 years ago  ::  Jan 11, 2012 - 11:55AM #6
MMarcoe
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The Pope's warning on homosexuality probably has a lot to do with the fact that gay unions are statistically less likely to produce children, especially Catholic children.


In centuries past, non-procreative sex was looked down upon by Catholics because it did not, to put it honestly, increase the Catholic population.


 

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3 years ago  ::  Jan 11, 2012 - 2:40PM #7
christine3
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Obviously those guys in Rome have no idea why people are born hetero, bi, homo, asexual.  So they are condemning nature?
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3 years ago  ::  Jan 11, 2012 - 3:18PM #8
Yavanna
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Jan 11, 2012 -- 10:42AM, Fodaoson wrote:


I have nothing against gays (glbt) but I do find something queer* about them


Queer:   [kweer] adjective, -er, -est, verb, noun


adjective


1. strange or odd from a conventional viewpoint; unusually different; singular: a queer notion of justice.




That's all right. I find conservatives and Republicans to be even queerer.

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In hollow halls beneath the fells.

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There many a gloaming golden hoard
They shaped and wrought, and light they caught
To hide in gems on hilt of sword.
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3 years ago  ::  Jan 11, 2012 - 5:47PM #9
jane2
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In the US Benedict's thinking has few supporters. Nor does the thinking of the ulta-neocon Catholic bishops.


Rome has a liking for the Yankee dollar, of which it is receiving far fewer today. Many of us know that "Americanism" was a heresy a century ago.


The big "joke" on Rome is the scholarly education in theology and philosophy presented to so many of us in Catholic colleges and universities. We learned about the "Faith and Reason" presented originally by Aquinas and enhanced over the centuries. We also learned to think for ourselves.


And in the US the fundamentalists have far more sway as do their preachers.


From what I read Catholic thought in Australia often mirrors broader American Catholic thought.


 


 


 

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3 years ago  ::  Jan 11, 2012 - 9:14PM #10
Ken
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Jan 11, 2012 -- 12:35AM, rangerken wrote:


I have no problem with the pope saying anything about anything.


Nor have I. I just don't understand why anybody bothers to report it.

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