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December 21, 2012

Vatican Lies: The Pope’s Mouthpiece Equates Being Gay With Being A Communist

Marriage equality protesters in Vatican City Rome Italy.
The Roman Catholic church has lost their way, and they’ve forgotten that they're a religion and not a political ideology.

On Monday the Italian newspaper L’Osservatore Romano (english translation: The Roman Observer), published a front page article that was critical of the marriage equality movement in Europe and the United States. L’Osservatore Romano is the unofficial newspaper of the Vatican and the Holy See.

Anti-gay activist and Roman Catholic journalist Lucetta Scaraffia wrote an article that equated marriage equality proponents with 20th century Marxist socialists. Marxists promised a utopian society governed by a collective (people), and economic and social equality was promised to the people, but never realized. The communist movement allowed brutal dictators like Benito Mussolini, and Francisco Franco, to seize the reins of power in Italy and Spain.

The Washington Post says that Scaraffia's article promotes “the idea of gay marriage is a product of the same ‘egalitarian utopia’ that did so much damage during the 20th century.... deceiving humanity as socialism did in the past.”

Reuters' Alessandro Speciale writes:
Marriage’s “indispensable role in society” is “inscribed in human nature itself” and “common to all humanity,” he wrote [Pope Benedict]. Therefore, the church’s efforts to protect it are not “confessional in character, but addressed to all people, whatever their religious affiliation.”

In her L’ Osservatore Romano article, Scaraffia echoed and developed Benedict’s argument. To equate a traditional marriage between a man and a woman with a union between homosexuals amounts to a “negation of truth,” which would undermine “one of the basic structures of human society, family,” she wrote.

In the long run, she concluded, societies will end up paying “a very high price” for destroying family, “as it happened in the past with the attempts to create a complete social and economical equality.”
Lucetta Scaraffia is in her sixties, and is a mouthpiece for the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church. Equating marriage equality proponents to communists, who lied to people in order to grab power and subjugate the human rights, and civil rights, of their people is completely unacceptable and an inflammatory lie.

When the Pope says that opposite-sex marriage is inscribed in “human nature itself,” he reveals his bias and ignorance. Straight people have been the sole custodians of “marriage” for centuries, and they are solely responsible for the decay eroding the institution of marriage today. In fact, it’s the very “human nature” he references that’s responsible for it.

It’s human nature responding to the pressures of society, and the pressures of religion and faith, and the pressures of the institution, to uphold the outdated and archaic definition of marriage, that's driving straight people to wholly reject it.

When religious teaders dictate obedience, and demand that members and parishioners blindly ascribe to church doctrine without a good reason for it, the church is on dangerous ground. The immoral statements by the church is breeding anger and resentment among the faithful, which doesn’t augur well for the future of the Roman Catholic church and faith.

Pope Benedict XVI’s New Year’s Day message is going to slam marriage equality. It’s been reported that he’s written that same-sex marriage “constitutes an offense against the truth of the human person with serious harm to justice and peace.’

That’s pretty sad and pathetic that he thinks that marriage equality, and the love that two people have for each other, is inauthentic and harms “justice and peace.” Especially when that narrow view is patently false. It also sounds like a political pronouncement, as the Roman Catholic church resembles a political party more and more each day.

All of this discord makes me wonder if there's a critical examination of the church’s dogmatic views surrounding marriage equality, taking place in the Catholic church today.  I certainly hope so. -- because the anti-gay pronouncements from the Vatican, and the anti-marriage equality message in L’Osservatore Romano , are incorrect and morally wrong on every level, and do not follow the example set by, or the loving spirit, of Jesus.

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