|Pope Benedict XVI|
France has a same-sex marriage law in the works, planned to be introduced to Parliament next year. And Pope Ratzinger is not happy about it:
The Pope thus raised three points: Firstly saying that marriage between man and woman is a ‘fact’ of nature and ‘threatened’ by other forms of marriage which are ‘proven’ to be ‘defective’.
Secondly, he warned of that the consequences of legalising gay marriage would harm society, perhaps a critical reference to the right to adoption by same-sex couples.
Thirdly, by saying that ‘defending the family and life is [prophetic]’ and not ‘regressive’, he is in fact calling upon the French Catholic lobby not to shy away and take a more active stance against the government’s plans to introduce same-sex marriage.
To which I’d like to raise three counter-points:
Firstly, how, exactly, does allowing two men or women to marry “threaten” anyone else’s heterosexual unions? Will comets come down and smite straight couples everywhere? And especially, where is this “proof” that gay marriage is “defective”? Is he referring to all those loving couples with stable marriage and divorce rates and who may actually make for better parents on average than straight people do?
Secondly, how, exactly, does allowing two men or women to marry “harm society”? It would be interesting to see which examples he might point to, considering that every nation that currently has gay marriage legalized is faring perfectly fine, if not even prospering (I happily point to my own motherland for reference).
Thirdly, how, exactly, is it not “regressive” to cling to outdated norms and archaic tradition in order to excuse the treatment of millions of perfectly decent, caring and loving people as second-class citizens who don’t deserve the same basic civil right to a marital union and the accompanying social, legal and economic advantages and protections that everyone else is offered from birth?
Ultimately, though, the better question may be why anyone in this modern age would pay the slightest mind to the empty pontification of the withered representative of a corrupt, morally bankrupt and rapidly collapsing organization that has committed more harm upon humanity in its long, blood-soaked history than all other criminal organizations combined.
|Card. Philippe Barbarin|
But the Holy See isn’t the only one keen on embarrassing himself on the global stage:
[Conservative leader of French Christian Democratic Party Christine Boutine] was joined by the Catholic Cardinal of France, Philippe Barbarin who warned that same-sex marriage will lead to ‘a breakdown in society.
‘This could have innumerable consequences. Afterward they will want to create couples with three or four members. And after that, perhaps one day the taboo of incest will fall.’
Seriously? They’re still resorting to that boring old slippery slope? If their desperate adherence to antiquated dogma isn’t enough to reveal their irrelevance, the fact that they lack the imagination to come up with any new moronic arguments after all this time should certainly prove the point.
(via Joe. My. God.)