Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Director of the Vatican Press Office has published an editorial in response the media hysteria about Pope Benedict’s World Day of Peace message identifying gay marriage as a threat to genuine peace. In his editorial Fr Lombardi insisted that the Holy Father will not be intimidated by the world’s media who are only capable of shouting, not reasoning:
“The Vatican Press Office Director said that the “the Church never tires of stressing” its pro-life and pro-family views, even “at a time when this point is being challenged and even attacked from several quarters in many different countries.”
The media attack, he said, “consists of shouting, not reasoning; it is intended to intimidate those who want to support this view freely in the public arena.”
In the message, released December 14, the pope noted that “serious harm to justice and peace” comes from denying the true principles of respect for life and promotion of the “natural structure of marriage as the union of a man and a woman.”
Lombardi noted that the media storm resulted specifically from the pope’s comments on traditional marriage. “This has happened,” he said, “because the pope, in a short passage, returns to the vision of marriage between a man and a woman as profoundly different from radically other forms of union, and states that this difference is recognizable by human reason.”
Protect the Pope comment: Many sections of the world’s media have been reduced to parrots who shout out ‘discrimination’, ‘homophobia’, ‘equality’ when Pope Benedict or others in the Catholic Church defend the true understanding of marriage and human sexuality. The days of reasoned debate are long gone replaced by slogans and agitprop.