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Irony of stance on gay marriage is lost on Pope

Pope Benedict XVI, in a New Year address, claimed that gay marriage was one of several threats to the traditional family that undermined "the future of humanity itself".

One wonders if the irony is not lost on the ageing pontiff - and his sycophantic minions - that one of the threats to the traditional family that undermines "the future of humanity itself" is clearly the Catholic Church's archaic and dogmatic policy regarding condom use - especially in the fight against HIV/Aids.

Figures from the World Health Organisation show that couples using condoms led to an 80% reduction in HIV/Aids incidence. Such figures can only help keep the family unit together.

Considering the most recent, and still very current, clerical sex-abuse scandals - and subsequent cover-ups - involving children, it would be more than advisable for the most celibate cleric to remain reticent regarding the sex lives of others and get his own mansion in order first.

The disgraceful discrimination shown by Catholic adoption agencies is yet another example of the Church putting dogma and scripture over and above the lives and immediate needs of children.

The fact that the Pope would openly, and actively, oppose two people in love seeking to confirm this most natural and obvious union only goes to further illustrate just how out of touch he really is.

GARY BYRNE

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