“Rainforests deserve, yes, our protection, but the human being … does not deserve it less,” the pontiff said.
It is not “out-of-date metaphysics” to “speak of human nature as ‘man’ or woman’”, he told scores of prelates gathered in the Vatican’s sumptuous Clementine Hall.
“We need something like human ecology, meant in the right way.”
The Catholic Church opposes gay marriage. It teaches that while homosexuality is not sinful, homosexual acts are.
Which means that the Catholic church regards transexuals as sinners, thus adding its considerable weight to the body of hate-mongering sentiment that transexual and transgender folk are victim to. Not surprisingly, his comments have provoked widespread criticism. This all depends on how you interpret his statement of course. From the Guardian:
Italian newspapers widely interpreted the speech as a specific attack on sex change operations. “I would like an audience with the pope and other transgenders in order to get to know each other,” said Vladimir Luxuria, a transsexual former member of the Italian parliament. “We do not want to be transgressive or provoke, we only want to pursue our own nature.”
Benedict’s main target appeared to be same-sex marriages. He claimed that lifelong wedlock between a man and a woman was like “the sacrament of creation”.
Here’s one interpretation, straight from the Vatican:
Father Lombardi insisted, however, that there had been an overreaction to the pope’s remarks. “He was speaking more generally about gender theories which overlook the fundamental difference in creation between men and women and focus instead on cultural conditioning.”
What do you think “cultural conditioning” means to a hijra? And what indeed do they think of the pope? A repressed ex-Nazi? Very possibly.
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