Pope assails same-sex unions in Christmas address to clergy Jaime Jansen at 3:18 PM ET
[JURIST] Pope Benedict XVI [official profile] on Friday condemned proposed Italian legislation [JURIST report] that would recognize civil unions for unmarried couples, including same-sex couples. The Pope, speaking [VIS press release] in a Christmas address to the Rome clergy, said the legislation threatens traditional marriage by granting legal recognition to "de facto couples," and that the legislation blurs the "masculinity and femininity" of men and women.
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