Traditionalist former Pope Benedict XVI accuses opponents of wanting to 'silence' him while attacking gay marriage in vehement terms in a new authorised biography published Monday in Germany. Despite leaving office in , the year-old, whose original name is Joseph Ratzinger, has not given up intervening in social debates, and he offers a fresh attack against gay marriage in the new biography. Today those who oppose it are excommunicated from society,' Benedict XVI says. The ex-pope claims in 'Benedict XVI - A Life' that he has fallen victim to a 'malignant distortion of reality' in reactions to his interventions in theological debates, according to passages published by German media and news agency DPA. The German branch of the Catholic Church has for years been led by clergy more inclined to reform than the stringent traditionalism associated with Ratzinger. In office from , he has frequently been criticised for his attitudes to Islam or to social questions, and is accused of attempting to undermine the modernisation drive of his successor Pope Francis.
Pope's civil union remarks raise hopes, doubts for gay Catholics
Full of surprises: Pope Benedict’s unexpected social justice legacy
When the Pope officially drops the mic and resigns today, he will give up a lot of things: His snazzy red shoes. His shiny gold ring. His swanky apartment in the papal palace. He inspired Versace's "Clergyman Collection" in
Ex-Pope Benedict Describes Power of Vatican's 'Gay Lobby' in New Memoir
Hidden in Pope Benedict XVI's new book, Light of the World , is a story that is not about condoms , but will still be very important to the future of the Catholic church: he claims, on page , that even celibate homosexuals must be kept out of the priesthood. The selection of candidates to the priesthood must therefore be very careful. The greatest attention is needed here in order to prevent the intrusion of this kind of ambiguity and to head off a situation where the celibacy of priests would practically end up being identified with the tendency to homosexuality.
The pope made some of his strongest comments against gay marriage in a new year address to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican in which he touched on some economic and social issues facing the world today. He told diplomats from nearly countries that the education of children needed proper "settings" and that "pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself," he said. The Vatican and Catholic officials around the world have protested against moves to legalise gay marriage in Europe and other developed parts of the world.