At his annual Christmas speech to the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI called same-sex marriage a “manipulation of nature” to be deplored and an attack on the “essence of the human creature.”
It was the second time this week that Benedict took aim at marriage equality:
People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given to them by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being. They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves.Read the rest here ... and [for the record] I do not in any way "dispute" the idea that we have a nature that serves as a defining element of the human being. However, I believe that our sexual orientation is morally neutral and does not define us but is part of what equips us to live our lives in alignment with God's love, justice and compassion. And so what I DO dispute is the prerogative of the Bishop of Rome to project his homophobia on to what defines me as a human being. And that is -- quite simply and rather traditionally -- "created in the image of God and called to walk in love as Christ loved us." Not your job, Dude: back off!
The manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man’s fundamental choice where he himself is concerned.