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Pope to Visit Region to Endorse Straight Marriage

Pope Benedict XVI will travel to Philadelphia for a World Family Summit in 2015 as the Roman Catholic Church makes a clear statement about gay marriage.

In a clear statement in support of traditional "one man-one woman" marriage in the United States, the Vatican has put Southeastern Pennsylvania at ground zero of the debate over gay marriage. The Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which includes Roman Catholic Churches in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs, has announced it will host the Vatican's 2015 World Meeting of Families.

The selection of Philadelphia came as Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput  attended this year's World Meeting in Milan, Italy over the weekend. The meeting is held once every three years.

In making the announcement, the Archbishop also made his position on gay marriage clear, saying in a news release:

"The family is founded on a deep and loving union between one man and one woman for mutual support and the nurturing of children. This meeting in Philadelphia will be a wonderful opportunity to highlight the family as the basic evangelizing unit of the Church. Every effort to promote marriage and the family serves not only the Church, but also the common good."

Politics, Gay Marriage and the Media

The announcement comes just weeks after President Obama officially changed his position and came out in support of same sex marriage. The World Meeting of Families is usually attended by the Pope, assuring major domestic and international media attention for the Vatican's position on marriage and families.

Archbishop Chaput acknowledged as much in a statement released on Sunday, saying:

"It's fitting that this gathering, which celebrates the cornerstone of society, will take place in America's cradle of freedom. The Holy Father's choice is a gift to the local Church in Philadelphia and to the whole nation." 

What do you think of the announcement and the Archdiocese's position on marriage and the family? Is Philadelphia a fitting place to stage the debate? Tell us in the comments section at the bottom of this article.

Ann Hankins June 11, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Sadly, the Bible is too often a crutch for peoples weakness. It's MUCH easier to say " Oh, but my God doesn't WANT me to like gays and lesbians" than it is to say " well, they just make me feel uneasy and I don't know how to explain to little Debbie and little Bobby why two men or women are holding hands." The Bible prohibits quite a large number of thing that we all do every day and no one even notices, where are you bible thumpers then? I eat bacon, I eat red meats on Good Friday, I have tattoos. I don't see you out thumping your bibles over my head for that. Your pissing and crying over same sex marriage is against your gods intention is nothing more than a thinly veiled cover up for your own homophobia. I have asked this question before, I will ask it again since it NEVER got an answer in here........." Give me 3 reasons, NOT connected with your religious beliefs,since laws in this country should NEVER be written based on religious faiths, that same sex marriage should not be allowed.".....Lets see who can come up with FACTUAL reasons, not faith based.
HOLYROOD August 08, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Sorry you've been misled The Catholic faith that is the Gospels,Fathers and the Sacraments is the church founded by Christ and not poplatry and man made part.
Randeroid August 19, 2012 at 02:54 AM
This is about our Freedom FROM Religion. Anyone, who is not katholic and whose freedom is routinely violated by the katholic clergy, is being persecuted by them. In this case the clergy wants to stop non-katholic homosexuals from marrying. Recently, Islamists in Mali murdered a couple for having sex by stoning them to death! Similarly, an Indonesian is serving a 30-month jail sentence for posting ‘God doesn’t exist’ on Facebook! Our society is better because we have slightly more Freedom FROM the clergy of multi-billion-dollar tax-free corporations. We must do more to protect homosexuals from the clergy’s discrimination and to protect children from the clergy’s sexual adventures. At times, we have to choose between our superstitious beliefs that support immoral behavior and doing the right thing for other citizens. We have to choose between church and state--between anti-thinking servitude and Freedom FROM the harm caused by beliefs imposed by the clergy.
Bill August 19, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Sometimes there is great consolation in being proven wrong about a prediction. This is not one of those times. The Persecutions have begun here and abroad. http://www.wnd.com/2012/08/arab-spring-run-amok-brotherhood-starts-crucifixions/
Randeroid August 24, 2012 at 12:52 AM
So many times we are reminded about people coming to America fleeing religious persecution. The over-simplified point we are told is that they came here for Freedom of Religion. Yet, just who was persecuting them, who were they fleeing? Was it secularists? No. They were fleeing persecution FROM Religion. They were fleeing people like Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Bill O’Reilly, and homophobic katholic clergy, who want to make a point that they see homosexuals as second-class citizens. We need Freedom FROM Religion to protect our fellow citizens from this heinous and ignorant persecution.

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