Con to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"
"God has willed to give the union of man and woman a special participation in his work of creation. Thus, he blessed the man and the woman with the words 'Be fruitful and multiply' (Gen 1:28). Therefore, in the Creator's plan, sexual complementarity and fruitfulness belong to the very nature of marriage.
Furthermore, the marital union of man and woman has been elevated by Christ to the dignity of a sacrament. The Church teaches that Christian marriage is an efficacious sign of the covenant between Christ and the Church (cf. Eph 5:32). This Christian meaning of marriage, far from diminishing the profoundly human value of the marital union between man and woman, confirms and strengthens it (cf. Mt 19:3-12; Mk 10:6-9)...
There are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God's plan for marriage and family. Marriage is holy, while homosexual acts go against the natural moral law. Homosexual acts 'close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.'
Sacred Scripture condemns homosexual acts 'as a serious depravity...'"
"Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons," www.vatican.va, July, 3, 2003
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Involvement and Affiliations:
265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Rome, and head of state of Vatican City, 2005-present
Honorary Academic, Pontifical Academy of Sciences, 2000-present
Dean, College of Cardinals, 2002-2005
Received honorary doctorates from: University of Wroclaw (2000), Libera Universita Maria Santissima Assunta (1999), University of Navarre (1998), Catholic University of Lublin (1988), Catholic University of Eichstatt (1987), Catholic University of Lima (1986), and College of St. Thomas (1984)
Vice Dean, College of Cardinals, 1998-2002
Cardinal Bishop of Velletri-Segni, 1993-2005
President, Preparatory Commission for the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1986-1992
Prefect, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 1981
Cardinal and Archbishop of Munich and Freising (Germany), 1977–1982
Professor, Theology, Univerisity of Tübingen, 1966-1969
Professor, Theology, University of Münster, 1963-1966
Theological Advisor to Cardinal Joseph Frings, Archbishop of Cologne, 1962-1965
Professor, Theology, University of Bonn, 1959-1963
Professor, Philosophy and Theology, Higher School of Freising, 1952-1959
Ordained into the priesthood, 1951
DTh, Theology, University of Munich, 1953
Studied Philosophy and Theology, Higher School of Philosophy and Theology of Freising, 1946-1951
Studied Philosophy and Theology, University of Munich, 1946-1951