The Independent 22 January 2015
Pope Francis has said “the family is threatened” by the efforts of those seeking to “redefine the very institution of marriage”, in a reference to same-sex marriage campaigners.
The pontiff made the comments at a mass in Manila as part of his tour of Asia, despite apparently relaxing the church’s position towards the LGBT community in recent months.
“The family is threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage. These realities are increasingly under attack from powerful forces which threaten to disfigure God’s plan for creation,” the Pope said.
Ramping up the rhetoric he continued: “Every threat to the family is a threat to society itself.”
In 2013 the Pope called for gay people to be integrated into society, rather than marginalised and said: “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?”