John M. Becker

Pope Francis Endorses Marriage Discrimination at Vatican Conference

Filed By John M. Becker | November 17, 2014 12:00 PM | comments

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Tags: Catholic attacks on LGBT rights, Catholic Church, Catholicism, gay marriage, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, Pope Francis, same-sex marriage

"It is fitting that you have gathered here in this international colloquium to explore the complementarity of man and woman. This complementarity is a root of marriage and family...

"In these days, as you embark on a reflection on the beauty of complementarity between man and woman in marriage, I urge you to lift up yet another truth about marriage: that permanent commitment to solidarity, fidelity and fruitful love responds to the deepest longings of the human heart. I urge you to bear in mind especially the young people, who represent our future. Commit yourselves, so that our youth do not give themselves over to the poisonous environment of the temporary, but rather be revolutionaries with the courage to seek true and lasting love, going against the common pattern.

"Do not fall into the trap of being swayed by political notion. Family is an anthropological fact - a socially and culturally related fact. We cannot qualify it based on ideological notions or concepts important only at one time in history. We can't think of conservative or progressive notions. Family is a family. It can't be qualified by ideological notions. Family is per se. It is a strength per se.

"I pray that your colloquium will be an inspiration to all who seek to support and strengthen the union of man and woman in marriage as a unique, natural, fundamental and beautiful good for persons, communities, and whole societies."

-- Pope Francis, The Advocate's 2013 Person of the Year, endorsing marriage discrimination at the Vatican today in his opening address to the "International Interreligious Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman," a meeting of anti-LGBT faith leaders from around the world. Francis addressed a crowd of high-profile homophobes and anti-gay activists including Rick Warren, Russell Moore, Tony Perkins, Brian Brown, and Maggie Gallagher.

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