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Putting Words in the Pope's Mouth

Putting Words in the Pope's Mouth

On reading the Jan. 9 Reuters report titled: "Gay marriage a threat to humanity's future: Pope," readers could be excused for thinking that Benedict XVI had made a major speech on the issue of same-sex "marriage."

The article was a report on the Pope's annual speech to the Holy See's diplomatic corps. He did indeed mention marriage, in the context of speaking about his World Day of Peace message, which had the theme of educating young people in justice and peace. It is in the family setting that these values are best taught, he said. A family, he mentioned, that is based on the marriage of a man and a woman. The Pope did not actually mention same-sex "marriage". The Pope also talked about important issues relating to the economy and ecology in his speech. So, why no report on these topics?

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