Pope condemns Portugal on plans to pass gay marriage law
The Pope made his views clear on gay marriage and abortion when he vistied Portugal recently.
Pope Benedict XVI [Thursday] condemned gay marriage and abortion as “among the most insidious and dangerous challenges” to society.
Speaking on a visit to Portugal, which is preparing to legalise same-sex partnerships, the Pontiff also criticised Catholics who are ashamed of their faith and too willing to “lend a hand to secularism.”
The gay marriage legislation was recently passed by the Portuguese parliament and is due to be signed into law next week by President Anibal Cavaco Silva, a conservative Catholic. Ninety per cent of Portuguese define themselves as Catholic but Portuguese society is increasingly secular, with well under a third saying they attend mass regularly.
The Pope was speaking after a packed open air mass at the Marian shrine at Fatima, the Portuguese Lourdes, 120 kilometres north of Lisbon. The mass was attended by half a million people.
The British Humanist Association is “pro-choice” on abortion and campaigns for full equality of marriage law in the UK and is a founding member of the Protest the Pope campaign which is organising events this year to protest the state visit.