Pope says family is key to world peace
January 3, 2008
Just in case the exorcism squads weren’t embarrassing and anachronistic enough, the Pope has decided to lead in the new year by reinforcing the Catholic churches opposition to the non-traditional family on the basis of, wait for it, world peace. I kid you not.
Pope Benedict XVI ushered in the New Year by criticising policies that undermine the traditional family, saying they eroded one of the most important foundations for peace in the world.
The Catholic Church celebrates January 1 as World Day of Peace, and the pope used a midmorning Mass and a window appearance before thousands of faithful in St Peter’s Square to mark the occasion.
Traditional? Uh oh.
The Pontiff, delivering the traditional New Year prayer for peace, appeared to take a swipe at efforts in several countries to grant legal recognition to gay and unwed couples – although he did not single out any policies by name.
He said the traditional family led by a husband and wife instilled values that promote peace, and added it was an “irreplaceable” institution.
“Those who are hostile, even unknowingly, to the institution of the family … make peace fragile for the entire national and international community,” the Pope told crowds gathered in a sunny St Peter’s Square.
Ah, so married mummy daddy families are good, and other families* somehow weaken world peace? And people say that the link between pirates and global warming in Pastafarianism is silly. Pft.