Pope Francis has claimed the family is being threatened by gay marriage.
Speaking in the Phillippines, the leader of the Catholic Church criticized what he called the ‘ideological colonization of the family’ – language that many have taken to mean the marriage of same-sex couples.
‘The family is threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage, by relativism, by the culture of the ephemeral, by a lack of openness to life,’ Francis said.
A Vatican spokesperson has confirmed the pope was referring, at least in part, to same-sex marriage.
The pope was speaking to more than 1,000 families in downtown Manila.
During the trip, he also voiced his support for a ban on contraception and said if you insult faith, you can expect to get consequences – in reference to the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris.