Celebrities have been tweeting their disgust at the Pope’s anti-gay speech at The Vatican yesterday.
Giving a New Year address to diplomatic corps from 180 countries, Pope Benedict XVI said gay marriage undermined the family and ‘the future of humanity itself.’
Sam Roddick, daughter of Body Shop founder Anita Roddick, gay actor Alan Cumming and comedian Tim Minchin, all vented their anger at the head of the Roman Catholic Church on Twitter.
Roddick, activist and founder of erotic shop Coco de Mer, accused the Pope of being a fraud.
‘His job description is to spread love not hate-UR FIRED,’ she tweeted.
Outspoken Scotsman Cumming, who yesterday married his partner in New York, also slammed the controversial religious leader: ‘Marriage btwn gay adults is a threat to “humanity itself,” says the Pope, leader of a church that actively covers up child rape.’
While Australian stand-up star Tim Minchin mocked a picture of the Pope featured in an article by the Huffington Post, tweeting: ‘Has anyone noticed that the head of the Catholic Church isn’t very bright?’
Benedict told diplomats: ‘The family unit is fundamental for the educational process and for the development both of individuals and states; hence there is a need for policies which promote the family and aid social cohesion and dialogue,’
‘This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society.’
He also said ‘pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman.’
Benedict had never before had claimed that it was among the things that threatened the future of humanity.
But he has spoken out against gay marriage several times in the past.
Even before he was elevated to Pope, Benedict had long been one of the leading anti-gay voices within the Catholic Church.
In a 1986 pastoral letter to bishops, he called homosexuality ‘an intrinsic moral evil’ and ‘an objective disorder’.