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Vatican takes strong stance against gay marriage after US election


Pope Benedict XVI addresses the crowd at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican

The Vatican had vowed that it will never stop insisting that marriage can only be between a man and a woman.

Just days after three US states approved same-sex marriage by popular vote in the recent election, the Vatican has taken a stance against gay marriage with a “media blitz” that includes a front-page article in Saturday’s Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

There was also a Vatican Radio editorial in which the pope’s spokesman asked why gay marriage supporters don’t also push for legal recognition of polygamous marriages as well.

Along with the US, Spain has also upheld its gay marriage law and France is pushing ahead with legislation that could see same-sex marriage legalized as early as next year.

Catholic teaching holds that homosexuals should be treated with dignity but that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered.”

According to RTE, L’Osservatore Romano wrote that Catholics were valiantly fighting to uphold church teachings in the face of “politically correct ideologies invading every culture of the world.”

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Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said that homosexuals can have their rights protected by means other than through legal marriage.

He added that children should be able to say they have a father and a mother.

“If not, then why not contemplate freely chosen polygamy, and naturally so as to not discriminate, polyandry?” he asked.

Polyandry is when a woman has two or more husbands.

“As a result, don’t expect the church to stop insisting that society recognises a specific place for marriage between a man and woman,” he said.

The Church has also clashed with the Obama administration over the contraception mandate which exempts houses of worship but applies to faith-affiliated employers.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has said the mandate is a violation of religious freedom.

via Vatican takes strong stance against gay marriage after US election | Irish News and Politics spanning the US, Ireland and the World | IrishCentral.

via Vatican takes strong stance against gay marriage after US election | Irish News and Politics spanning the US, Ireland and the World | IrishCentral.

Irish Government to urge citizens to pray for Vatican help


The Vatican City is purported to be the richest city in the world.

Many Catholics in Rotten Island now wonder why the Vatican does not dip into its coffers to help the country financially. Bear in mind even during the poorest of times we as a nation gave generously to the church.

So far, the Vatican has failed to respond to this state of affairs.

To bend the ear of the Vatican Minister of Lined Pockets and Thievery Wolf Howlin will shortly inaugurate a campaign of prayer. He also hoped that the blessed Merkel might intervene on our behalf. Sure, what is the harm in a few Hail Marys and Our Fathers – it will cost you nothing?

A committee with an open-ended budget has been set up to examine tenders for rosary beads.

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