The Pope Uses His Christmas Speech to Criticize the Push for Gay Rights

We are quickly coming up on Christmas.  Everyone is setting aside their little differences in the spirit of peace and love for our fellow humans.  The Pope made his annual speech to the Vatican bureaucracy, and it was filled with words of love, compassion, and understand of  all people, regardless of their race, creed, color, or sexual orientation.

LOL, JK! The Pope talked about how gay people are the worst.

What do you mean you’re returning my Christmas gift…?

With that, I would like to compose an open letter to Pope Benedict XVI.

Dear Benny,

The last few months have been really difficult on a whole lot of people.  Erratic weather has destroyed homes and lives across the globe.  My country is being forced to face the massacres that have happened not only in our schools, but daily on our city streets.  The Middle East is struggling though never-ending conflict, war, and the realities of implementing a democratic government.  We’re losing an entire generation in Africa.

Please, for the love of everything you hold dear, let the gay marriage thing go.

Our world already major problems with real-life consequences. For better or worse (and you know which side I fall on here), a whole lot of people are looking to you to offer guidance and wisdom.

You are blowing it.

Sorry for the word choice.

You have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make a real change.  You have the ear of the entire world, and over a billion people who consider you the earthly voice of their god.  And your message is that gay people who act on their sexuality are “intrinsically disordered“? What about those among your ranks who have raped children? What about the fact that there are people in the world who are starving to death while you sit in a virtual city of gold? What about a woman who died because she was not granted a medically necessary abortion? Are these things not disordered? Do those things not break your heart?

Please, give up the anti-gay stance.  While I do not believe that you are bestowed with the power of God, I do believe that you are in an influential position. Please, use your power to save lives instead of making them worse.


Jessica Bluemke, a friendly atheist


About Jessica Bluemke

Jessica Bluemke grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Ball State University in 2008 with a BA in Literature. She currently works as a writer and resides on the North side of Chicago.

  • ortcutt

    Isn’t it curious that mankind’s “nature” happens to be whatever the Pope approves of? The Thomist methodology, unlike the empirical methods of science, is to make things up and call them knowledge.

  • Gus Snarp

    I like when the Pope goes on record with his hate like this., so we have something solid to point to when people attempt to defend him.

  • Using Reason

    I guess when you write as The Friendly Atheist you have to strike a certain tone, which you did. That must have been difficult, well done.

  • Anna

    Nothing says Christmas like a bit of gay bashing!

    Fun snippets:

    When such commitment is repudiated, the key figures of human existence likewise vanish: father, mother, child – essential elements of the experience of being human are lost.

    The Chief Rabbi of France, Gilles Bernheim, has shown in a very detailed and profoundly moving study that the attack we are currently experiencing on the true structure of the family, made up of father, mother, and child, goes much deeper. While up to now we regarded a false understanding of the nature of human freedom as one cause of the crisis of the family, it is now becoming clear that the very notion of being – of what being human really means – is being called into question.

    Likewise, the child has lost the place he had occupied hitherto and the dignity pertaining to him … And it becomes clear that when God is denied, human dignity also disappears.

    Merry Christmas to you, too, Pope! Thanks so much for telling the world that my birth was an “attack” on the “true” structure of the family, and that other people like me, who were raised by same-sex parents, have no human dignity and are somehow contrary to the experience of “being human.”

    Seriously, when are all the nice, normal Catholics going to disavow this guy? I personally know many of them who can’t stand the Pope. Why are they still part of a religion that treats this man as a special person with a connection to their deity, when he continually spews this type of judgmental nonsense?

  • Matthew Baker

    The man in the gold dress who live in a palace filled with gold and other booty as the sexless leader of a supposed sexless priesthood still hasn’t cleaned his house and come up to the here and now. Proving yet again that the church will always be 50 to 500 years behind the times.

  • northierthanthou

    How appropriate that he is holding up a great big club in that picture!

  • Kate Donovan

    This is glorious.

  • Tam

    Why do Catholics need an authority figure other than God, anyway? Isn’t the Bible good enough to teach them the ways of Christianity?

  • Benjamin Hamilton

    Why do we even care what the fucking pope says? Huh? Fuck him and the stupid ropes and things he believes.

  • Isilzha

    Well, for one thing there are many people who DO listen to what he says and who may try to use government to enforce the pope’s dictates.

  • Manoj Joseph


    The quote you have – gay people who act on their sexuality are ”intrinsically disordered“ – is actually not as bad as this one.

    “Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin,
    it is a more or less strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil; and
    thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder.”

    The homosexual inclination itself is “an objective disorder”!


  • Anna

    He’s also said that same-sex parenting is “gravely immoral” and “would
    actually mean doing violence to those children.”

  • nakedanthropologist

    Good letter Jessica, not that the pope will care. I wish I could say that I was shocked and horrified by the papal stance, but I’m not. I’ve come to expect the worse from the Vatican, and the papal blessing on Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill only reinforces my disgust for people who would kill, maim, and disanfranchise an entire group of people just because their religion doesn’t like them. With that said, Pope Benedict can go fuck himself.

  • Lynn David

    Sounded to me like he was talking about those who are transexual. If he was trying to talk about gays and lesbians he was doing a piss-poor job of it. Which just goes to show that he does not understand the full spectrum of human nature. Within the Catholic gnosis that is inadmissible. So much so, the pope and his religion are becoming superfluous.

  • Theresa

    I read the actual speech and couldn’t find any reference to gay people being “the worst” or even the implication of it.

  • Lurker111

    My wife attends a church in the city, and once each year I allow her to drag me to the Christmas pageant (with roles played by the various church members, including the children). This is usually held 1-2 weeks before the 25th (don’t ask me why–I don’t know or care).

    A couple of years ago, right when the mindnumbingly lengthy activities were about to conclude, an elder stood up and upchucked an impromptu rant against homosexuality. I couldn’t believe it. If it weren’t for the fact that wife would have been booted out of the church, I would have said something. I SO wanted to stand up and say, “For Christ’s sake, man! It’s a Christmas Pageant! Save the rant for another day!” (Especially a day when I wouldn’t be there to hear it.)

    Again, this year’s pageant ended with a totally-out-of-context gratuitous slap at gay folk, though not as bad as the previous year. It may be of relevance to point out that this is a majority-black church. I’ve heard that black churches are notoriously anti-gay, but I really couldn’t bring myself to believe it before seeing and hearing it for real. Don’t these people understand what discrimination is about?

    Have any of you encountered stuff like this? I really want to know if my experience is typical.

  • Rain

    The last pope said everything was getting better because of the “Eucharist”. I guess he was rong. Everything is getting worse because of “teh Gay”. The last pope wouldn’t STFU about the “Eucharist”. He was a “Eucharist” freak. This pope won’t STFU about “teh Gay”. The last pope was a lot nicer guy.

  • TnkAgn

    From the looks of His Holiness in this picture, there’ll be a Conclave of Cardinals fairly soon.

  • Carmelita Spats

    Calling a group of people”disordered” and blaming them for the destruction of society, for POLLUTING the social order, is akin to portraying them as rats who pollute the body politic and must be exterminated, albeit with “compassion”. Pope Bendmydick XVI needs to deal with pedophilia. The best mugshots of the Catholic pedophiles are at You can read the court documents, search a database of pedophile priests, see the status of each case and even investigate whether the priest near your home is a registered sex offender. The case of sexual torture that most freaked me out was that of Father Marcial Maciel who would sodomize small children and then turn around and celebrate Mass, consecrate the host after forcing his genitals into the mouths of children and telling them that he would absolve them of their sin. It’s ALL detailed on the site. Go through the site and then reread Bendmydick’s rant about the “evils” of being a consenting ADULT…This type of reading strategy is called “making a text-to-text and text-to-world connection”…It’ll put things in perspective for you. You’re welcome.

  • Troels Jakobsen

    “…and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder.”
    Yeah, that sure sounds objective. Not like a completely unsubstantiated personal opinion at all.

  • Anna

    Seriously? He blames them for attacking the family and then goes on to imply that they’re erasing human dignity and trashing the human experience.

  • Anna

    Half of it doesn’t make any sense. Sexual orientation has nothing to do with gender identity, and both are completely separate from the question of following (or not) traditional gender roles.

  • pagansister

    What can one say about a supposedly celibate man who wears a dress, prances around in a huge palace, has servants and peons who kiss his ring (yuck) and claims he speaks for a divine being? Not much. He claims to lead a religious body, that in itself claims to love and help everyone. Really? That would be everyone who happens to fall inside the parameters set by the Church. Homosexuals are not included in the love that is given by those of that body. Well maybe they are if they don’t “act” on their feelings of love for a same gendered person! Benny will die continuing to push the agenda against homosexuals. Unfortunately I can’t believe his successor will be any better. I think the only thing that will change will be the members of the RCC just tell him to stuff it and just do as they please—as some have. Many Catholics disagree with him on that issue as well as the insistence on NFP and abortions rights. Actually, that man just ought to keep his mouth shut. Seriously he thinks they are a danger to the world? Senility has set in. He is a sad old man.

  • Rain

    “The manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man’s fundamental choice where he himself is concerned,” he said.

    This is a surprising non-sequitur coming from the pope, a man of his intelligence. For example we have to manipulate nature in order to power the popemobile. It depends on the context. I’m pretending like I understand what the hell he’s talking about. Nobody ever knows what the hell the pope is talking about. Too many weasel words. If he never says anything then he can never be pinned down on anything. Anyway, I’m shocked, shocked I tell you, at this very surprising non-sequitur from a man of his intelligence.

  • Aspieguy

    Ah, yes. The Vicar of Christ has spoken. May we assume that the pope still speaks for Jesus?

  • SphericalBunny

    Not quite contextual, but somehow dirtily apropos, ” He kill them wi’ their love. Wi’ their love fo’ each other. That’s how it is, every day, all over the world.” [John Coffey, The Green Mile]

  • Slawj

    Remember, nothin’ but human dignity folks!

  • jose

    Good picture, quite representative of catholicism as an ideology. Makes for a good symbol I’d say.

  • roberthughmclean

    Ahh the pope. That pope in the photo looks like he’s died and been resurrected or something. All popes look all sort of worn out and on their last legs. This one was made in Germany so perhaps he’ll last longer than the popes made in Italy.

  • Helanna

    Yeah, but life is so much easier if you group any non-hetero and/or non-cis people together, throw in anyone who disagrees with you, and just call ‘em all disordered! There, now I don’t have to empathize with anyone or understand things that confuse me!

  • Little Magpie

    No, the RCC needs to teach you correct understanding of the Bible. What you’re suggesting is positively… Protestant!

  • Baby_Raptor

    You might not care, but if you have any compassion you’ll realize that a lot of people DO care, and those people are hurting everyone the Pope rails against. That’s why.

  • Jason Horton

    There are some people who are gay who buy into the sort of bullshit that the pope spews out who are driven to suicide by it. I would laugh at this ridiculous anachronism if he weren’t so dangerous.

  • The Other Weirdo

    Wow! Bad letter, with way too many common-ground assumptions, like the Pope caring whether some woman dies or not. Also, I know you’re angry, but you might want to clean up the language usage; it’s unworthy of someone with a BA Lit.

  • polleacker

    how can a man who covered the rape of children hold himself as the moral athority of sexual relations

  • Dave

    I shudder thinking about any religion. They’re all full of crackpots!

  • jdm8

    Doing violence to children huh? Is that anything like obstructing justice, denying justice and helping cover up violence to children that too many members of his organization have done? Fancy that.

  • jdm8

    It’s sad, but people flock to him any time he visits somewhere. He even rides around in a specially designed throne-terrarium so he’s properly on display without risking his his own safety.

  • Ibis3

    man in the gold dress

    What can one say about a supposedly celibate man who wears a dress, prances around

    Stop. For fuck’s sake. This comes up every time the RC clergy is mentioned. Wearing a dress is not something a person ought to be denigrated for doing. It’s sexist and heterosexist on many levels. Just stop.

  • phantomreader42

    It’s much more appropriate to mention that he’s the ex-Nazi leader of the world’s largest child-rape syndicate, and that he sits on a golden throne while telling people to be humble.

  • nazani

    A bit off-topic – I would really like to see people stop obsessing about the gold in the Vatican and other Catholic churches. The Vatican is a city of ART, not of gold. There is much greater tonnage of gold in Swiss banks, South Africa, and Fort Knox. If the Vatican sold all its gold artifacts, it would indeed bring a high price, but those prices would be based on the historical value and artistic merit of each piece, not the current gold price. And then, most of those masterpieces would disappear from public view into private collections. Right now, the Vatican is doing a pretty good job of curating and preserving its collections. If they start to falter, then we can talk about having Unesco or some other group step in, but that time hasn’t come yet. Anyway, in terms of price per oz., you should be all hot and bothered about Rhodium, not gold.