This past Monday, Pope Benedict XVI gave a rousing speech on homosexuality where he said, "(The Church) should also protect man from the destruction of himself. A sort of ecology of man is needed," and "The tropical forests do deserve our protection. But man, as a creature, does not deserve any less."
You know, I really am happy that the Pope has decided we need to do something to preserve the world's population of lesbian and gay people. Lots of folks have been eagerly awaiting the day when the Pope would recognize what a world without them might look like. Art, the sciences, sports, literature, and politics...these folks have been quite busy improving the world around them and making this a better planet for their hetero brethren, haven't they?!
That Day Without a Gay event must have really put the fear of God in Pope Benedict (no pun intended), and not a moment too soon, I might add! Personally, I thank the heavens above that America's lesbians and gays had mercy on us and didn't take this thing international. Seriously, people! Worldwide Day Without a Gay? Do. Not. Want.
What with all of the gay Catholic priests and nuns, the Church might collapse in upon itself! That's why I'm glad Pope Benedict is taking such decisive action to support them and the Church's gay laity members. Just think, back when he was first elected to the papacy, many gay Catholics were worried that he might continue to engage in the same sort of virulently homophobic speech that former popes used towards those who only sought to be treated with the same dignity that the Church says all of God's other (heterosexual) children deserve.
On Monday, Pope Benedict also said we need to "listen to the language of creation". Well stated, Pope!! I mean, have you ever seen the list of animals that are known to display homosexual behavior? Could the Creator have made it any more clear how natural homosexuality is? It would take more than a dozen lifetimes just to study the mammals on this list!
I'm glad that Pope Benedict XVI is showing just how seriously he takes Jesus' message of love and acceptance for all those who are looked down upon in society and his rejection of those who would use their position as religious leaders to cast aspersions on the downtrodden.
Photo Description: Pope Benedict XVI is a late middle-aged white male. He is wearing an absolutely FABULOUS gold and cream embroidered lace gown with matching cape and hat. He is flanked by a cadre of similarly-dressed priests. His left hand grasps a gold staff topped with a crucifix. His right hand is held out in front of him as he makes gestures to an unseen audience.
"He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us
He made and loveth all."
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge