Pope likens “saving” gays to saving the rainforest

When the Pope makes statements like these why doesn’t he get such a broad negative reaction compared to a Rick Warren who was vilified in the media for the better part of last week by gay rights groups. Where is the outrage against The Pope?

Pope Benedict XVI addresses cardinals for Christmas wishes in in the Clementine Hall at the Vatican December 22, 2008.

Pope Benedict XVI addresses cardinals for Christmas wishes in in the Clementine Hall at the Vatican December 22, 2008.

via Reuters

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict said on Monday that saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behavior was just as important as saving the rainforest from destruction.

“(The Church) should also protect man from the destruction of himself. A sort of ecology of man is needed,” the pontiff said in a holiday address to the Curia, the Vatican’s central administration.

“The tropical forests do deserve our protection. But man, as a creature, does not deserve any less.”

The Catholic Church teaches that while homosexuality is not sinful, homosexual acts are. It opposes gay marriage and, in October, a leading Vatican official called homosexuality “a deviation, an irregularity, a wound.”

The pope said humanity needed to “listen to the language of creation” to understand the intended roles of man and woman. He compared behavior beyond traditional heterosexual relations as “a destruction of God’s work.”

He also defended the Church’s right to “speak of human nature as man and woman, and ask that this order of creation be respected.”

(Reporting by Phil Stewart)

One thought on “Pope likens “saving” gays to saving the rainforest

  1. Hello,

    Thanks for posting this article about the Pope. I don’t propose to speak for the Pope, but I take from this that although the earth is good, it is still a created thing at the end of the day; while human beings have souls and are eternal. Understood in this light, we must always attend and care for the spiritual lives of people, and not turn ecology (or anything else for that matter) into a kind of “cult of the earth.”

    One can certainly disagree with the Catholic Church’s moral stance vis-a-vis homosexual acts, but one should not be surprised that the Pope speaks out against immorality of any kind, whether it be environmental or sexual.

    All the best and Merry Christmas to you.

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