Pope calls for support of the family as union of man and woman
February 27, 2004
VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II called Thursday for the support of the
"authentic" Christian family, which he defined as based on marriage
between men and women.
Pope John Paul II |
Photo: AFP/Vincenzo Pinto
The pope did not specifically mention his opposition to gay
marriage, but his speech to parish priests in Rome made clear he
considers matrimony a bond between a man and a woman.
Recalling his years as a cleric in his native Poland, John Paul
said, "I learned some time ago, when I was in Krakow, to live close
to couples, to families. I also closely followed the path that led
two persons, a man and a woman, to create a family and, with
marriage, to become spouses and parents, with all the consequences
we know so well."
"Our theme is the family," he told the priests. "Family means:
`And He created them man and woman."'
The pope urged the priests to teach young people "to understand
and appreciate the real meaning of love and to prepare themselves
to form authentic Christian families."
The Vatican has been waging a global campaign against moves to
grant legal recognition to gay couples, calling it an issue of
"natural moral law." – Sapa-AP
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