Saturday, May 15, 2010

Pope's Words Accentuate the Christian Challenge in Society

Pope Benedict XVI referred to abortion and same-sex marriage as "insidious and dangerous" threats to humanity, yet people claiming Jesus as King hide from those in need.

-- From "Pope Declares Abortion and Same-Sex Marriage Most 'Insidious and Dangerous' Threats Facing the World" by Nicole Winfield, Associated Press 5/13/10

Benedict made the comments to Catholic social workers, health providers and others after celebrating Mass before an estimated 400,000 people in Fatima. The central Portuguese farming town is one of the most important shrines in Christianity, where three shepherd children reported having visions of the Virgin Mary in 1917.

[The Pope stressed] core church teachings in the largely Roman Catholic country, where abortion on demand has been available since 2007 and where Parliament in January passed a bill allowing same-sex marriage. In addition, a judge in 2008 made it easier to obtain divorce even when one spouse objects.

Benedict told the gathering of lay Catholics that he appreciated their efforts fighting abortion and promoting the family based on the "indissoluble marriage between a man and woman" -- the Vatican's way of expressing its opposition to divorce and same-sex unions.

Such initiatives "help respond to some of the most insidious and dangerous threats to the common good today," he said. "Alongside numerous other forms of commitment, such initiatives represent essential elements in the building of the civilization of love."

"In suffering, you will discover an interior peace and even spiritual joy," he said.

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