Pope John Paul II: Catholic Politicians Must Oppose Marriage for Same-Sex Partners

Pope John Paul II calls upon Catholic politicians around the world to do all they can to oppose laws that would recognize same-sex unions as valid marriages and laws that would allow same-sex couples to adopt children on an equal basis with heterosexual couples.

According to the paper, signed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (the future Pope Benedict XVI) and approved of by Pope John Paul II, such legislation should be treated as "highly immoral" and "evil."

The Vatican document, entitled Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons, says:

"There are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God's plan for marriage and family. Marriage is holy, while homosexual acts go against the natural moral law. ...

Those who would move away from tolerance to the legitimization of specific rights for cohabiting homosexual persons need to be reminded that the approval or legalization of evil is something far different from the toleration of evil."

Regarding laws that allow for gay adoption, it says:

"Allowing children to be adopted by persons living in such unions would actually mean doing violence to these children, in the sense that their condition of dependency would be used to place them in an environment that is not conducive to their full human development. ...

To vote in favor of a law so harmful to the common good is gravely immoral."


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