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Pope, in Spain, Denounces Gay Marriage, Abortion

By Francis X. Rocca
c. 2010 Religion News Service
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI denounced abortion, same-sex marriage and the absence of religion in public life during a weekend (Nov. 6-7) visit to Spain, a country he called the “focal point” of tensions between faith and secularism in Europe.
“The generous and indissoluble love of a man and a woman is the effective context and foundation of human life in its gestation, birth, growth and natural end,” Benedict said on Sunday (Nov. 7), in a sermon at the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) Basilica in Barcelona.
On his way to consecrate the 128-year-old (and still unfinished) church — the iconic masterpiece of modernist architect Antoni Gaudi — Benedict passed an estimated 200 demonstrators staging a same-sex “kiss-in” to protest Catholic Church teaching on homosexuality.
Church leaders have clashed with the Socialist government of Spain’s Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero over its legalization of same-sex marriage and support for liberal laws on abortion and divorce.
Later on Sunday, Benedict visited a home for disabled children and youth in Barcelona run by Franciscan nuns.
“It is indispensable that new technological developments in the field of medicine never be to the detriment of respect for human life and dignity,” the pope said, in an apparent reference to abortions chosen on pre-natal diagnostic data.
On Saturday (Nov. 6), Benedict celebrated Mass outside the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain’s national shrine, in the northwestern region of Galicia. The historic shrine draws millions of pilgrims every year, a tradition that Benedict said had helped to foster Europe’s “spiritual unity.”
“By making pilgrimages here, people have discovered themselves, they have discovered a shared European identity,” the pope told reporters accompanying him on the flight from Rome on Saturday.
Reviving Christianity in increasingly secular Europe has been a major theme of Benedict’s papacy, and is a priority for the Vatican’s newly established Council for New Evangelization.
In his sermon at Santiago, Benedict deplored the absence of God in Europe’s public discourse.
“How can it be that there is public silence with regard to the first and essential reality of human life?” the pope asked. “How can what is most decisive in life be confined to the purely private sphere or banished to the shadows?”
Copyright 2010 Religion News Service. All rights reserved. No part of this transmission may be distributed or reproduced without written permission.

  • nnmns

    The Pope should keep his nose out of the public sector. He can tell Catholics what to do and they can obey or ignore or leave. He should not be trying to tell the rest of Europe, or the world, what to do.
    What we do is not his business.

  • Not as good as YOU, apparently

    “Pope, in Spain, Denounces Gay Marriage, Abortion”
    I’m sorry, but how – in ANY sense of the word – is this “news”???
    That’s his job, to denounce other people’s freedoms/rights and to try to enforce/impose the tenets of the church he leads onto people who may or may very well NOT be members of it.
    It’s tiresome, bothersome, intrusive, but it is not ‘news’.

  • cknuck

    “The generous and indissoluble love of a man and a woman is the effective context and foundation of human life in its gestation, birth, growth and natural end,”
    I am in admiration of this man, I simply love the way he puts the truth in such eloquent phrases. Someone has to stand up for the truth and so far in my opinion he has done a great job. I’m not Catholic but i must say I do agree with much of their thoughts on things.

  • jestrfyl

    The Pope is Spain says people should abstain (from all gay loving)
    The Pope is Spain says choice is just a pa-in
    Just do what e’re he says (in Spain, in Spain)
    His word should enough (refrain, disdain)
    The Pope in Spain says thinking is a bane (don’t have your own thought)
    The Pope in Spain thinks freedom is a drain.

  • Your Name

    2nd verse:
    The Pope in Spain is clearly quite insane.
    (I think he’s lost it, completely lost it.)
    His in-fluence in Europe’s on the wane.
    And who the heck’s to blame
    For the shame? The gosh-darn shame?
    The driver of the train
    Of disdain, of disdain.
    Equality’s a bane
    For the thane, in Spain.
    (Apologies to Messrs Lerner and Loew.)

  • cknuck

    If silly poetry is all he has to worry about I’d bet he is sleeping like a baby.

  • Grumpy Old Person

    Hey ck,
    I can think of quite a few lyrics that rhyme with cknuc. Wanna hear ’em?

  • cknuck

    I am sure that would be in your range of abilities with no problems of lowering yourself.

  • Mordred08

    The pope says homo is a no-no? Gasp! Let me put on my “surprised” face.

  • pagansister

    Benny denounces gay marriage and abortion? What else is new? He might actually be pushed out of his little palace if he didn’t.
    Nice poetry jestrfyl and YN.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment stanJames

    I’m all for abortion – the abortion of the pope and his church being aborted.

    The worst murderer in history. their babbling about life is just another way to hide their own crimes.

    including molesting children, and hiding it for centuries.

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