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Popes Francis, Benedict jointly condemn same-sex marriage

Pope Francis and his predecessor, Benedict XVI, have issued an unusual collaborative document in which they restate the Roman Catholic Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage.

The 82-page encyclical, issued today, says marriage should be a “stable union of man and woman.” It continues, “This union is born of their love, as a sign and presence of God’s own love, and of the acknowledgement and acceptance of the goodness of sexual differentiation.” Encyclicals are documents written by popes for circulation to Catholic clergy members.

The Advocate
July 8, 2013

Gay U.S. Ambassador Nominee to Dominican Republic Exposes Cultural Rift

When the Dominican Republic's Roman Catholic Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez called President Barack Obama's openly-gay U.S. ambassador nominee to the island nation a "maricón,” or “fa***t,” it raised eyebrows across the world — for different reasons. Perhaps a generation ago, the Cardinal's comment would not have created much controversy in the country’s press, the government or the people. Today, it’s a different story.

Fox News Latino
July 5, 2013


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