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"Remarking on Pope Francis' strong words against the threats which 'ideological colonization' poses to the family, the Vatican's spokesman told journalists Friday that same-sex marriage falls within this category.
In an address to more than 1,000 Filipino families in Manila on Jan. 16, Pope Francis decried the 'new ideological colonization that tries to destroy the family.'
The Pope also warned against increasing efforts 'to redefine the very institution of marriage, by relativism, by the culture of the ephemeral, by a lack of openness to life.'
The Holy Father made similar statements in defense of marriage earlier in the day, as he said Mass in Manila's cathedral: 'Proclaim the beauty and truth of the Christian message to a society which is tempted by confusing presentations of sexuality, marriage and the family.'”
Later, Father Federico Lombardi, the head of the Vatican's press office elaborating on the Holy Father's words "confirmed to journalists that this 'colonization' of which Pope Francis spoke refers in part to gay marriage.
'I think that it is well-known that the perspective of the Church about the family is that the family is based on the union of the marriage of a man and a woman.'
For Catholics, the family is 'the union of the man and the woman, and the children that come from this union,' the spokesman added. 'If there are persons that desire to have community in other ways… this is not for us a family.'"
We pray our Supreme Court does not join those attempting to destroy the family.