Friday, December 21, 2012

The Force of Reason

"The manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man's fundamental choice where he himself is concerned." ~Pope Benedict XVI

This devastating quote should be the starting point for any further discussion on the matter. From Reuters:
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict, indicating the Vatican's desire to forge alliances with other religions against gay marriage, on Friday said the family was threatened "to its foundations" by attempts to change its "true structure". 
The pope made his latest denunciation of gay marriage in a Christmas address to Vatican officials in which he blended religion, philosophy, anthropology and sociology to illustrate the position of the Roman Catholic Church. 
He threw the full weight of his office behind a study by France's chief rabbi on the effects the legalization of gay marriage would have on children and society. 
"There is no denying the crisis that threatens it to its foundations - especially in the Western world," the pope said, adding it had to be protected because it is "the authentic setting in which to hand on the blueprint of human existence". 
The 85-year-old pope, speaking in the frescoed Clementine Hall of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, said the family was being threatened by "a false understanding of freedom" and a repudiation of life-long commitment in heterosexual marriage. "When such commitment is repudiated, the key figures of human existence likewise vanish: father, mother, child - essential elements of the experience of being human are lost," the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholic said. ... 
Significantly, the pope specifically praised as "profoundly moving" a study by France's chief rabbi, Gilles Bernheim, which has become the subject of heated debate in that country. 
Bernheim, also a philosopher, argues that homosexual rights groups "will use gay marriage as a Trojan Horse" in a wider campaign to "deny sexual identity and erase sexual differences" and "undermine the heterosexual fundamentals of our society"
His study, "Gay Marriage, Parenthood and Adoption: What We Often Forget To Say", argues that plans to legalize gay marriage are being made for "the exclusive profit of a tiny minority" and are often supported because of political correctness.


  1. I tired searching for a copy of the Rabbis's study that was mentioned in this article. The popular search engines do not present a link to any copy. (Intentional?) Does anyone know where to find a copy of this study?

  2. This is an excellent question. If anyone comes across the Rabbi's study, let me know!

  3. Original pdf in French

    Google translate

  4. This is nice, but does anyone have a better translation. Google translate doesn't do a great job.

  5. Paul McMichaelApril 10, 2013

    The author unmasked as a liar. Like most homophobes, doesn,t let truth get in the way.
    Google Gilles Bernheim plagiarism

  6. I appreciate your contribution. It is clear that we will disagree, but I am open to an honest discussion. I am curious about your thoughts on the quotation from Pope Benedict: "The manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man's fundamental choice where he himself is concerned." Thanks.