Pope wants humanity 'saved' from homosexuality
Reuters report, 23 December 2008
[Photo caption: The Pope is greeted in Sydney by World Youth Day co-ordinator Bishop Anthony Fisher (L) and Cardinal George Pell. Photo: AFP]
Pope Benedict XVI says saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behaviour is just as important as saving the rainforest from destruction.
"(The Church) should also protect man from the destruction of himself. A sort of ecology of man is needed," the pontiff said in a holiday address to the Curia, the Vatican's central administration.
"The tropical forests do deserve our protection. But man, as a creature, does not deserve any less."
The Catholic Church teaches that while homosexuality is not sinful, homosexual acts are.
It opposes gay marriage and, in October, a leading Vatican official called homosexuality "a deviation, an irregularity, a wound".
The pope said humanity needed to "listen to the language of creation" to understand the intended roles of man and woman.
He compared behaviour beyond traditional heterosexual relations as "a destruction of God's work". He also defended the Church's right to "speak of human nature as man and woman, and ask that this order of creation be respected".
Pope Benedict speaks of ‘saving humanity’ and of the duty of the church ‘to protect man from the destruction of himself’, when in fact the vast majority of mankind has already recognised that it is this man - and the cruel and perverse teachings of his increasingly irrelevant church - that we need to be protected from. (If he were to follow his own logic, should he not himself have been breeding all this time, instead of bothering us with his misguided morality-for-others?)
If Ratzinger/Benedict were to really ‘listen to the language of creation’, as he advises, he would have noticed, along with the biologists, that so-called ‘homosexual’ acts have been observed occurring right across the ‘natural’ world, among literally THOUSANDS of species, that in fact, such acts are normal variations of sexual behaviour. (See Bagemihl, Bruce. Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999); (see Bagemihl, Bruce. Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999).
What kind of ‘human nature’ is this man referring to? And when, exactly, did the radical Jesus become co-opted as an apologist for normative bourgeois sexual morality?