Pope calls marriage and childbirth essential to civilization
October 07, 2004
VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II kept up his campaign against gay unions
Wednesday, telling Spanish-speaking pilgrims that marriage and
childbirth were essential to civilization.
The pope made his remarks in Spanish during his weekly general
audience, five days after the Spanish government proposed
legislation to allow homosexuals to marry and adopt children.
"We pray to the Lord for all spouses who are called to offer new
life as a continuation of civilization and the history of
salvation," John Paul said.
Last week, the Vatican's top official for family issues,
Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, attacked the proposal as a "sad
step" in the predominantly Roman Catholic country. – Sapa-AP
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