Abortion and gay marriage were "among some of the most insidious and dangerous challenges facing the common good today," the Pope said in an address to Catholic charity and social workers in Portugal. Speaking at Fatima, Pope Benedict praised initiatives to defend "essential and primary values of life". Among these values, he said, was "the family, founded on indissoluble marriage between a man and a woman," which is Vatican-speak for its opposition to gay marriage, Reuters reports.
The audience applauded when the pope spoke about the challenges posed by abortion and gay marriage.
The pontiff also criticised Catholics who are ashamed of their faith and too willing to "lend a hand to secularism", the report adds.
The report cites Peter Tatchell, of the gay rights group Outrage, saying: "The Pope is fast losing all his sense of moral priorities. Compared to war, poverty and racism, gay marriage is a minor issue. It is not worthy of the Pope's moral outrage. In a world filled with hate and violence, he should be encouraging love and commitment, not denouncing it."
COMMENT: Remind me again. Which church is presently the target of international outrage for systematically allowing and enabling the sexual abuse of children in pretty much every part of the earth that they have an official presence?
Earlier in the week this bloke spouted on about the real sin being within the Roman Catholic Church. Is it only him who doesn't realise that this sin is the sin of bigotry and male arrogance, homophobia and downright misogyny?