Pope Francis said Sunday (14 June) children need straight parents, a day after tens of thousands of people marched at Rome Pride.
The pontiff said that the Bible taught parenthood was based on the diversity of being male and female – ‘the “first” and more fundamental difference, constitutive of the human being.’
Francis likened a long-lasting marriage to a fine wine, in which a husband and wife make the most of their gender differences.
‘They’re not scared of the differences!’ he told 25,000 followers from the diocese of Rome.
‘What great richness this diversity is, a diversity which becomes complementary, but also reciprocal. It binds them, one to the other.
‘Children mature seeing their father and mother like this; their identity matures being confronted with the love their father and mother have, confronted with this difference.’