Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » Trending News

Pope Gay Marriage Comment: Causes Protests in St. Peter's Square, Rome

Travelers Today       By    Lena Vazifdar

Updated: Dec 17, 2012 11:13 AM EST

Text Size: A A A

Gay marriage
Richard Adams, an early pioneer for gay marriage, passed away in Los Angeles.(Photo : Reuters)

Pope Benedict XVI's made a comment about gay marriage and said that it was one of several threats to the traditional family. Reuters reported that he said it undermined "the future of humanity itself."

Protesters outside St. Peter's square, angered by the Pope's comments, held signs that said things like "Marriage of All" and "Homophobia (equals) death," reported The Associated Press.

The Pope also called abortion a threat to peace, along with gay marriage, during his annual peace message that was released by the Vatican on Friday.

Share This Story

The AP reported that organizers of the protest issued a statement that said, "Gay unions don't harm peace. Weapons do."

The Pope also said that "pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman. This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself," he said.

Around the world, Catholic officials have protested against gay marriage. In the U.S. one of the leaders against gay marriage is New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, reported Reuters. He fought against gay marriage before it was legalized in New York state and he sent a letter to President Obama criticizing the move to not support a federal ban of gay marriage.

"The Roman Catholic Church, which has some 1.3 billion members worldwide, teaches that while homosexual tendencies are not sinful, homosexual acts are, and that children should grow up in a traditional family with a mother and a father," reports Reuters.

In Europe, gay marriage is legal in a number of countries including the Netherlands and Spain and in some churches they allow gay marriage, gay clergy, femail priests and gay bishops, reports Reuters.

© 2015 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

Travel Tips

Survive Long Flights

Tips for Surviving a Long Flight

Not all whole deal flights must be hopeless. Here are 10 tips for counteracting tiredness, dehydration, deep vein thrombosis and lack of sleep so you can certainly say "I got this" whenever you are detained in a metal tube for a whole waking day of your life.

LEGOLAND Discovery Centers

Trips to Take Before Your Kid Turns 10

Kids are the unspoiled explorers, although they may not seem so at first look. They’re more susceptible to destructions and jet lag, but they see the world with pure wonder, an ability which many of us have let gap over time. So take them to these wonderful places before they reach the age of 10.


Travel Tips from Experienced Travellers

Learn the best travel tips from people who have spent most of their lives exploring the beauty of the world.

Holiday Travel

Tips for a Better Holiday Trip

It's that season of the year again. While many of us can't seem to see past Halloween, we should be aware of the holiday season and its expanding travel costs. Look at these simple guidelines to save your money on your travel this season.

Tips for Travel Solo

Tips for Travelling Solo

Greater number of individuals are currently single than at whatever other time in history. However, that's not the only reason why individuals are going on a trip all alone.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Want more Travel?

Most Popular

Find Us on Facebook

travelers today

© Copyright 2015 Travelers Today All Rights Reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter