Released by the Vatican, Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict XVI co-wrote a religious agreement that stresses that marriage is “a stable union of man and woman.”
“This union is born of their love, as a sign and presence of God’s own love, and of the acknowledgment and acceptance of the goodness of sexual differentiation,” read the 82-page text.
Pope Francis and his predecessor have both been vocal regarding their opposition of marriage equality in the past.
While Francis warned Argentineans that marriage equality would “confuse and deceive the children of God,” Benedict called marriage equality unnatural and said it poses a threat to “justice and peace.”
“Marriage and the family are institutions that must be promoted and defended from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature, since whatever is injurious to them is injurious to society itself,” said Benedict.
“The family unit is fundamental for the educational process and for the development both of individuals and states; hence there is a need for policies which promote the family and aid social cohesion and dialogue.”
Successor John Paul II, who came before Benedict, also condemned marriage equality and LGBT rights in his book, “Memory and Identity.”
“It is legitimate and necessary to ask oneself if this [same-sex marriage] is not perhaps part of a new ideology of evil, perhaps more insidious and hidden, which attempts to pit human rights against the family and against man,” John Paul II wrote.
The Vatican has been undergoing a scandal with a rumored “gay lobby” within the Vatican.