In his first encyclical, released today, Pope Frances has declared that “family” is comprised of a married man and woman and their biological children.  In the “Faith and family” section he writes, in part:

The first setting in which faith enlightens the human city is the family. I think first and foremost of the stable union of man and woman in marriage. This union is born of their love, as a sign and presence of God’s own love, and of the acknowledgment and acceptance of the goodness of sexual differentiation, whereby spouses can become one flesh (cf. Gen 2:24) and are enabled to give birth to a new life, a manifestation of the Creator’s goodness, wisdom and loving plan.

This encyclical should put an end to the hopeful anticipation that this “humble” pope might be more humane towards gay people and their families than were his predecessors.

Although the encyclical was signed only by Pope Francis, it was reportedly drafted by the former Pope Benedict XVI.  The document was released to the public as the two popes presided together at a statue consecration event in the Vatican earlier today, the first public appearance by Benedict since his retirement.  This symbol of their unity on the day the encyclical was released makes clear that Francis is every bit the anti-gay chauvinist that Benedict was.

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