Dignity Canada Dignité
Save Humanity From Homosexuals, says pope
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Gay groups are criticizing comments made by Pope Benedict XVI that indicated
saving humanity from homosexual behaviour is more important than saving
rainforests from destruction.
In a holiday address on Monday to the Curia — the Vatican's central
administration — the pontiff said humanity must care for the land, water and air
but also "protect humans against the destruction of himself," he said.
"A sort of ecology of man is needed," said the Pope. "The tropical forests do
deserve our protection. But man, as a creature, does not deserve any less."
The Pope was trying to
imply that if the entire human population were homosexual that the birthrate
would be reduced to the point of extinction for humankind, said Norman Prince,
past president of Dignity Canada Dignité,
an organization for Catholics concerned about the church's sexual theology.
"Sadly, his opinions don't seem to be based on modern understandings of human
sexuality and so it amounts to more of a bullying from the pulpit," Prince said,
adding that the statements were very hurtful.
The comments by the Pope were "totally irresponsible and unacceptable" and
could provide some with a justification for "gay bashing," said Rev. Sharon
Ferguson, the chief executive of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, in an
interview with the BBC.
"When you have religious leaders like that making that sort of statement,
then followers feel they are justified in behaving in an aggressive and violent
way," she said.
The Roman Catholic Church teaches that while homosexuality is not sinful,
homosexual acts are and opposes same-sex marriage.
Earlier this month, the Vatican said that a proposed United Nations
resolution decriminalizing homosexuality went too far. "Unjust discrimination"
against gay people should be avoided, but the use of wording such as "sexual
orientation" and "gender identity" in the text would "create serious uncertainty
in the law," the Vatican said.
In October, a Vatican official called homosexuality "a deviation, an
irregularity, a wound."
Humanity needs to "listen to the language of creation" and understand the
intended roles of men and women, the Pope said. Homosexual acts are a
"destruction of God's work," he said.
The Pope's comments also demonstrated "a lack of openness to the complexity
of creation," Mark Dowd, a strategist with the Christian environmental group
Operation Noah, told the BBC.
Some have argued the comments were meant as a denunciation of gender theory,
which is the study of how sexual gender affects behaviour. The Catholic church
has repeatedly spoken out against gender theory, which many gay and transsexual
groups promote as a key to understanding and tolerance.
Dignity Canada Dignité is
Canada's organization of Roman Catholics who are concerned about our
church's sexual theology, particularly as it pertains to gay, lesbian,
bisexual, and transgendered persons. We work in collaboration with other
Catholic organizations seeking reform in our church's leadership and