Pope Takes Gay Marriage Opposition to New Heights
In Christmas address, he calls it 'manipulation of nature'
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2012 7:48 AM CST
Pope Benedict XVI reads his message on the occasion of the exchange of Christmas greetings with the Roman curia, in the Clementine hall at Vatican, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.   (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, pool)

(Newser) – The pope used his Christmas speech today, in part, to further denounce gay marriage. Benedict XVI took his opposition "to new heights," the AP reports, saying that homosexuality is a "manipulation of nature" that destroys the "essence of the human creature." The annual speech, one of his most important of the year, was dedicated to family values as support for same-sex marriage and adoption grows. Giving such rights to gays is akin to attacking the traditional family, the pope said. He also took on the issue of gay marriage in his annual peace message last week, calling it—along with abortion and euthanasia—a threat to world peace.

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Dec 26, 2012 9:11 AM CST
How can we trust a man who wears dress-like robe and slippers in public? Most normal people would run from this man if we saw him on the street -- and we should.
Dec 25, 2012 4:49 AM CST
..., yes, without religion, we wouldn't know right from wrong ...
Dec 24, 2012 4:28 PM CST
The old man just had to stick that anti-gay marriage ding in there, didn't he? Why not talk about all your 'holymen' who rape young boys? http://livingwithoutreligion.org/