Pope Benedict XVI strongly defended traditional families and the rights of the unborn Sunday, directly attacking Spanish laws that allow gay marriage, fast-track divorce and easier abortions as he dedicated Barcelona’s iconic church, the Sagrada Familia. It was the second time in as many days that Benedict had criticized the policies of Spain’s Socialist government and called for Europe as a whole to rediscover Christian teachings and apply them to everyday life. As he headed to the church named for the sacred family, about 200 gays and lesbians staged a ‘kiss-in’ to protest his visit and church policies on homosexuals, condom use and a host of other issues. Church teaching holds that gays should be treated with dignity and respect but that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered.”
Church teaching is correct. Homosexuals should and must be treated with utmost dignity and respect. There is no justification whatsoever for gay-bashing or campaigns of hatred like we find in the cruel sub-human behavior of Fred Phelps and his sycophants. Nor is there any cause for homosexual activists to denigrate straights as ‘breeders’ and those who don’t agree with them as ‘homophobes’.
But the Church (Protestant and Catholic and Orthodox branches) cannot afford to abandon the Scriptural stance on the issue and must maintain that homosexual acts are indeed ‘intrinsically disordered’. That isn’t homophobia any more than urging justice for the Palestinians is antisemitism.
Naturally such issues always stir debate. But they never need stir acrimony. Unless people just want to be acrimonious. And persons on both sides are guilty too often of exactly that.
- Pope defends family as Spanish gays hold ‘kiss-in’ (msnbc.msn.com)