Pope condemns same-sex unions

Pope Benedict XVI yesterday condemned same-sex unions as anarchic "pseudo-matrimony", and also reaffirmed the Church's opposition to abortion.

Associated Press reprots that Benedict repeatedly referred to marriage as a union between man and woman in an address to a conference of the Diocese of Rome on the role of the family held at St. John Lateran basilica.

He said matrimony is not just a "casual sociological construction" that changed in certain times in history but rather an institution that had its roots "in the most profound essence of the human being."

"The various forms of the dissolution of matrimony today, like free unions, trial marriages and going up to pseudo-matrimonies by people of the same sex, are rather expressions of an anarchic freedom that wrongly passes for true freedom of man," he said.

Benedict spearheaded a Vatican campaign against same-sex unions in 2003, issuing guidelines for Catholic politicians to oppose laws granting legal rights to gay couples when he was prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The former cardinal also frequently voiced the church's opposition to abortion a message he repeated Monday.

Children, he said, were the fruit of marriage and reflected God's love for man.

"From here it becomes all the more clear how contrary it is to human love, to the profound vocation of man and woman, to systematically close their union to the gift of life, and even worse to suppress or tamper with the life that is born," he said.

Meanwhile at his Sunday Angelus audience, the Holy Father called for peace in Bolivia, which has experienced social unrest over the past week. He observed that many parts of the world are "experiencing social and political tensions that in some cases threaten to break out into open conflicts."

Anti-government demonstrations on Thursday escalated into riots that virtually shut down the capital city of La Paz.

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7 Jun 2005