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Former Pope Benedict launches fresh attack on same-sex marriage

Former Pope Benedict launches fresh attack on same-sex marriage

  • Benedict claims society ‘excommunicates’ people who oppose marriage equality.
Benedict while still Pope.

Former Pope Benedict XVI has launched a fresh attack on LGBT+ people saying homophobes are ‘excommunicated by society’.

He says: ‘A century ago, anyone would have thought it absurd to talk about homosexual marriage. Today those who oppose it are excommunicated from society.’

Benedict also goes on to condemn ‘abortion and creating human life in the laboratory’. And he adds:

‘Modern society is in the middle of formulating an anti-Christian creed, and if one opposes it, one is being punished by society with excommunication.

‘The fear of this spiritual power of the Anti-Christ is then only more than natural, and it really needs the help of prayers on the part of an entire diocese and of the universal church in order to resist it.’

Benedict, now 93-years old, makes the comments in a new 1,000 page biography.

The book is based on interviews by author Peter Seewald who has co-written several books with the former pope.

It is titled Benedikt XVI: Ein Leben in German where it has gone on sale today. The English version Benedict XVI The Biography: Volume One is due to come out in November.

LGBT+ people are ‘destroying the very essence of the human creature’

It is not the first time Benedict, whose original name is Joseph Ratzinger, has attacked LGBT+ people or marriage equality.

In his near eight-year papacy, from 2005 to 2013, has spent a large amount of it attacking our community.

In 2013, he said same-sex marriage is unnatural and poses a threat to ‘justice and peace.’

He said: ‘There is also a need to acknowledge and promote the natural structure of marriage as the union of a man and a woman in the face of attempts to make it juridically equivalent to radically different types of union.

‘Such attempts actually harm and help to destabilize marriage, obscuring its specific nature and its indispensable role in society.’

On another occasion, Benedict accused LGBT+ people of ‘destroying the very essence of the human creature’ by ‘manipulating their God-given gender to suit their sexual choice’.

He has also called gay people a ‘defection of human nature’ and a ‘threat to world peace.’

When he left office, he cited ill health. However, his resignation came at a time when the Catholic Church was mired in scandal over pedophile priests.

Moreover, his resignation hasn’t stopped him speaking out.

In a previous book by Seeward, The Last Conversations, he boasted of destroying a ‘gay lobby’ in The Vatican

In the book, which came out in 2016, Benedict claims there was a ‘gay lobby’ of four or five people who were seeking to influence Vatican decisions.

However, he says he managed to ‘break up this power group’.

Francis agrees with Benedict on same-sex marriage

For the most part, his successor Pope Francis appears more liberal on LGBT+ issues. He famously said he wouldn’t ‘judge’ a gay person.

Despite this, Francis has also said same-sex marriage ‘disfigures’ society and that trans people are like ‘nuclear weapons’.

Indeed, opposing same-sex marriage is one of the key things both the current and past pope agree on.

In 2013, they published their joint musings on ‘faith and love’. Francis signed the ‘encyclical’ but Benedict came out of retirement to promote it. And they made it an unprecedented joint attack on same-sex marriage.

An encyclical is a papal letter to all bishops. It said that faith enlightens humanity ‘first and foremost’ by ‘the stable union of man and woman in marriage’.