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Catholic Church Revives Abandoned Centuries-Old Tradition To Bash Gays

by David Badash on August 6, 2012

in International,Marriage,News,Politics,Religion

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The Catholic Church has revived a tradition originally begun in the 17th century and abandoned almost 100 years ago, to bash gay people. Following the Vatican’s’s edict to begin a gay marriage holy warPope Benedict XVI‘s followers have looked high and low for every opportunity to attack gay people and same-sex marriage. In France, the Catholic Church has actually issued a prayer to be used on August 15, the Prayer for the Assumption, which was begun by King Louis XIII (image, right,) under Cardinal Richelieu in 1638.

The special Prayer (Google translation) directs the faithful to pray for “those who were recently elected to legislate and govern.” France’s new President, Francois Hollande, has promised gay marriage will be the law of the land next year. The Catholic Church also is telling its believers to ask Jesus Christ to “grant us the courage to make hard choices and a better quality of life for all and vitality of our youth through strong families and loyal,” and specifically to ask Christ to ensure children “cease to be objects of desires and conflicts of adults to fully benefit from the love of a father and a mother,” a direct attack on same-sex couples adopting or raising children.

For children and young people that we help all people to discover their own path to progress towards happiness, they cease to be objects of desires and conflicts of adults to fully benefit from the love of a father and a mother.

The Advocate notes:

French bishops typically avoid entering political debates, but Reuters reports that spokesman Monsignor Bernard Podvin said the [Catholic] Church wanted to “raise the consciousness of public opinion about grave social choices.”

The prayer effort follows the Catholic Church’s outspokenness against recent plans to legalize same-sex marriage in England and Scotland. Pope Benedict XVI denounced the momentum for marriage equality in the United States during a visit of American bishops to the Vatican in March.

A Reuters report confirms the purpose of the Prayer.

In May, the Pope told Catholics they should become more political and ignore what the Bible teaches about politics. Speaking in Tuscany, the Pope urged the melding of Church and State, and told listeners to be “the engine of society in promoting peace through justice.”

The Catholic Church in France did not explain why only heterosexual couples should be allowed to raise children, nor does the Prayer direct the faithful to pray for the victims of pedophile priests.

Related:

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Pope Proclaims Reasons For Pedophile Priests Still A ‘Mystery’

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{ 4 comments }

VSyncroix August 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm

When I first saw the headline, I thought it read "Catholic Church Reviews, Abandons Centuries-Old Tradition To Bash Gays" and my spirits rose a little. Then I read the article. Thanks, organized religion; I didn't think my opinion of you could sink any further, but apparently it just needed to be raised a millimeter before being slammed back down. Kudos.

rsvp1056 August 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Touché, VSyncroix. I was raised in a Catholic household, and later in life subjected to horrendous hate-speech, homophobia, and acts of gay-bashing at the whims of said Catholic Church (like having the Host ripped out of my hands in Brooklyn, NY just because I had a crew cut and a motorcycle jacket (and a lovely broach on the lapel), and "looked" to the attending priest, like a sinning homosexual. That man did not know me, did not speak to me, did nothing but act on his own prejudices. No one can tell me that this institution is filled with covert self-loathing homophobia, acted out by their minions and acted upon those thy are supposed to protect and nurture…Pheh!

voenixrising August 6, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Men in frocks and red Guccis say WHAT?

In all seriousness, pray away. I'd rather have you wasting your time praying to your invisible friend in the sky than actually getting involved in politics and the real world and making life hell for the rest of us.

jessielansdel December 22, 2012 at 7:14 pm

All I can say is..the RC Church most certainly DOES NOT follow Christ's teachings.

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