The 84-year-old pope acknowledged his comments might sound anachronistic or “countercultural,” particularly to the young. But he told bishops to not back down in the face of “powerful political and cultural currents seeking to alter the legal definition of marriage.”
“Sexual differences cannot be dismissed as irrelevant to the definition of marriage,” he said.
Benedict also chided priests for not reminding their flocks about core Catholic values like chastity and that co-habitating was “gravely sinful.”
Benedict said a weakened appreciation for traditional marriage and the widespread rejection of responsible sexuality had led to “grave social problems bearing an immense human and economic cost.” He didn’t elaborate on what the cost was.
You gotta love it when an 84-year-old who’s never married or, in theory, even had sex tells people how to conduct their sexual lives.
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