More than a million worshipers in Spain showed up to hear the pope deliver a homily in which he made a veiled attack on Spain’s liberal legal attitude toward gay marriage and divorce. Conspicuously not in attendance: the Spanish prime minister. It’s apparently the first time in history that a Spanish leader has missed such an address. Que bueno. Memo to Pope Benedict XVI: Keep on dressing up hate speech as The Good News and you’ll continue to be marginalized by more-enlightened world leaders.
More than a million worshippers congregated at the city’s futuristic arts and science park, where the Pope gave a homily praising the traditional family founded on the “indissoluble marriage between a man and a woman”.
In a veiled attack on the liberal laws introduced by Mr Zapatero’s socialist government since it came to power two years ago, the pontiff said: “In contemporary culture, we often see an excessive exaltation of the freedom of the individual.”
Mr Zapatero’s government has been at loggerheads with the Roman Catholic Church over a domestic programme of radical legislation, which includes giving marriage and adoption rights to homosexuals and relaxing divorce laws.