Well isn't this a touching moment? Pope Francis and his predecessor Benedict XVI, have issued a joint condemnation of same-sex marriage, restating the Catholic Church's opposition on the issue.
The 82-page encyclical, issued today, says marriage should be a “stable union of man and woman.” It continues, “This union is born of their love, as a sign and presence of God’s own love, and of the acknowledgement and acceptance of the goodness of sexual differentiation.” Encyclicals are documents written by popes for circulation to Catholic clergy members.
The encyclical, which tackles other topics, is the first written by the two popes. These two seem hopeleslly out of touch with their followers. The Catholics I've encountered usually have a live-and-let-live or overall supportive attitude when it comes to homosexuality and gay rights. Of course this is a huge generalization, but how long will it be before the church leadership realizes a large part of their congregants disagree with them?