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Christmas frames sexuality debate

Christmas frames sexuality debate

Pope Benedict XVI used his Christmas message to assail same sex marriage and to attack “gender theory” as a distortion of human nature. Meanwhile, an Anglican Church in Auckland says that it’s Christmas, it’s time for Jesus to “come out.”


The HuffPost reports on the Pope’s remarks:

The pope pressed his opposition to gay marriage Friday, denouncing what he described as people manipulating their God-given identities to suit their sexual choices – and destroying the very “essence of the human creature” in the process.

Benedict XVI made the comments in his annual Christmas address to the Vatican bureaucracy, one of his most important speeches of the year. He dedicated it this year to promoting traditional family values in the face of vocal campaigns in France, the United States, Britain and elsewhere to legalize same-sex marriage….

“…People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given to them by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being,” he said. “They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves.”

“The manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man’s fundamental choice where he himself is concerned,” he said.

Meanwhile, in Auckland, St. Matthews in the City has released their annual Christmas billboard–which always generates comment:

A church billboard questioning Jesus Christ’s sexuality is sparking controversy in New Zealand.

As Auckland Now reports, St. Matthew in the City’s holiday billboard depicts the infant Jesus surrounded by a rainbow-colored halo, along with the double entendre-laden statement: “It’s Christmas. It’s time for Jesus to come out.”

Reverend Glynn Cardy defended the church’s sign as being about trying to lift the humanity of Jesus. “The fact is we don’t know what his sexual orientation was,” he is quoted as saying. “Would it make a difference if he was gay? Would that change the picture for you?”


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Harriet Baber

Being female sucks. It means I can’t get what I want, and am forced to do things I don’t want to do. And assessed according to standards I can’t/won’t satisfy. Gender is a miserable trap that imposes restrictions and constraints. Christianity liberates us–“no male or female, no slave or free.” I’m just an old-fashioned feminist: I hate everything associated with being a woman!!! I hate the prressure to “nurture” to “care,” hate being locked out of manual labor and warfare. Being a woman stinks!


And in Benedict16’s Church, another item for the “Shockingly Predictable” file:

MONTREAL — A Montreal-area deacon who helped organize the Catholic World Youth Day of Toronto, Rome and Paris, has been charged with production and distribution of child pornography.

Kyrie eleison!

JC Fisher

Story here:

barbara snyder

Wow – you really said it, Bill.

Love Tobias’ point, too; it’s all so hilarious, really, isn’t it? (Whatever happened, I wonder, to the idea that Christianity has something to say to all “sorts and conditions” of people?)

tobias haller

Let’s try a mental exercise. Surely a part of the imperative of bodily identity as male and female should be “ordered” towards what male and female exist for: sexual reproduction. So any person who fails to live out this aspect of his or her natural identity is in some way “constructing” an identity at odds with their biological destiny. So the “celibate lifestyle” is contrary to human nature.

Bill Dilworth

I think it must be nice to not have one’s sexuality the burning center of every Church and social conversation.

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