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In the introduction to a new collection of his writings, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI states that gay “marriage” is based upon a “distortion of conscience” because it rejects (or fails to understand) the nature of man and woman and fertility.
This is also obvious, he adds, because gay marriage contradicts “all the cultures of humanity” and the “whole tradition of humanity until today.”
The new book is entitled, The Real Europe: Identity and Mission, which includes a preface written by Pope Francis. The introduction, by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, was published in the Italian newspaper Il Foglio. Excerpts from the introduction, in English, were reported on by the Catholic News Agency (CNA).
“[W]ith the legalization of ‘same-sex marriage’ in 16 European countries, the issue of marriage and family has taken on a new dimension that cannot be ignored,” states Benedict. “We are witnessing a distortion of conscience, which has evidently penetrated deeply into sectors of the Catholic people.” …