Pope condemned over latest ‘gay marriage’ attack

Posted May 14, 2010 by Andrew John
A gay humanist charity has robustly criticised Pope Benedict after he said gay marriage was “insidious and dangerous”. He made the remarks during his four-day visit to Portugal.
George Broadhead  secretary of the Pink Triangle Trust
George Broadhead, secretary of the Pink Triangle Trust
G&LH magazine
In a strongly worded attack, Benedict XVI insisted that marriage should be founded on the ‘indissoluble’ marriage between a man and a woman,” says Britain’s Daily Telegraph.
The Pope was addressing a large crowd at the shrine of Fatima. He said that same-sex marriage and abortion were among the “most insidious and dangerous challenges that today confront the common good”.
The UK-based gay humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) branded this, and previous attacks, as clear evidence of a paranoid obsession about what he perceives as the evil of homosexuality.
The PTT’s Secretary George Broadhead points out that the Pope made his first official attack on gay marriage in 2005 following years of condemning same-sex couples while working for the last Pope, John Paul II.
He told a meeting of the Diocese of Rome that same-sex unions are only “pseudo matrimony” born of “an anarchic freedom that wrongly passes for true freedom of man”, says the PTT.
“Before he became Pope, Benedict repeatedly attacked same sex-marriage. As Cardinal Ratzinger he issued an edict calling on all Catholic priests to resist government reforms that might lead to gay weddings,” says Broadhead.
“In his 2008 Christmas message he declared that saving humanity from homosexual behaviour was as important as saving the rainforest from destruction. Now, in his address to the faithful in Portugal, he has described gay marriage as an insidious and dangerous threat to the common good.”
Repeated attacks
Broadhead continues: “These repeated attacks on gay rights, and in particular the right to marriage, amount to a paranoid obsession about what the Pope clearly perceives as an intrinsic moral evil.
“Given that the stance of all three main UK political parties [Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats] is supportive of gay rights, are their leaders going to have the guts to condemn this overt hostility and will the new coalition government think twice about welcoming this ghastly bigot to the UK next September?”
There have been protests against Benedict’s September visit, and many campaigners are outraged that it could cost the UK taxpayer up to £20 million, plus the cost of security, which will come out of individual police forces’ budgets.
And two notable atheist academics, Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion) and Christopher Hitchens (God is Not Great), are supporting a legal move to have the Pope arrested for “crimes against humanity” because of his alleged cover-ups of priestly sexual abuse against minors.
Recently there was outrage in the UK over a leaked memo that had sprung from a Foreign Office brainstorming session, which suggested that there should be Benedict Condoms to commemorate the event, and that the Pope should officially open an abortion ward.
However, the Vatican subsequently said the light-hearted memo would not affect Benedict’s visit in September.