Pope attacks gay marriage

Dec. 21, 2012 at 12:49 PM

VATICAN CITY, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI attacked gay marriage during a Christmas speech Friday, calling heterosexual marriage an "essential" part of the human experience.

Benedict's remarks came during his greeting to the Roman Curia (the papal court), Italy's ANSA news agency reported.

The pope said God's natural design of family was founded on the marriage of a man and a woman, without whom "figures fundamental to human existence disappear: the father, the mother, the child," and without whom "essential dimensions of the experience of being a person fall."

Benedict's comments came just about a week after he said publicly he believes gay marriage could cause "serious harm to justice and peace."

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