During his Christmas address to Vatican officials Pope Bendedict XVI entered the political arena by taking a zero tolerance approach to gay marriage.
reported the Pope said: "In the fight for the family, the very notion of being – of what being human really means – is being called into question. The question of the family... is the question of what it means to be a man, and what it is necessary to do to be true men."
He then went on to cite France's Chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim
, who has written an essay against gay marriage, saying it is used to satisfy political correctness. The Pope also claimed "sex was no longer an element of nature but a social role people chose for themselves" the Telegraph
According to the Huffington Post
gay activists have called the Pope's comments "absurd, dangerous and totally out of sync with reality."