Pope Benedict XVI’s determined crusade against same-sex marriage continued with a whirlwind visit to Spain this weekend. While there, he also participated in a church conference on family values.
While flying to Spain, which is overwhelmingly Catholic, the Pope was asked by reporters about gay marriage. He reportedly responded that “According to human nature it is man and woman who are made for each other and to give humanity a future.”
At a Sunday mass in Valencia, where he prayed for the victims of a recent train crash in that city, he added that the family is “founded on indissoluble marriage between a man and a woman.”
An estimated one million people attended the mass. Spain’s government has angered the Vatican by recently legalising same-sex marriage and simplifying divorce proceeding for married couples.
Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero did not attend the mass, but met with the Pope the day before for around 15-minutes.