Pope Benedict XVI has intervened in the upcoming Italian elections, specifically on the issues of abortion and same-sex marriage -- no extra credit for guessing what side he's on The topic of same-sex marriage is especially touchy, as Spain, another predominantly Catholic country, recently legalized same-sex marriage despite the Church's explicit opposition, something the pope seems to have taken as a personal affront If the same thing were to happen in Italy it would be truly insulting to the newly installed Bishop of Rome and Vicar of Christ.
No matter their own scandals, religious institutions through history have a consistent scapegoat: homosexuals. Larry Gross digs into why churches condemn gays to damnation. Religious institutions throughout history have a consistent scapegoat: homosexuals. Gross writes on why gays have been condemned to damnation.