while the Church needs to "defend the earth, water, air, as gifts of the creation that belongs to all of us [... ], it must also protect the human being from his own destruction."
"It is necessary that there be something such as an ecology of man, understood in the proper manner," he said.
This human ecology, he affirmed, is based on respecting the nature of the person, and the two genders of masculine and feminine.
"It is not outmoded metaphysics," Benedict XVI affirmed, "when Church speaks of the nature of the human being as man and woman, and demands that this order of creation be respected."
He said it has more to do with "faith in the Creator and listening to the language of creation, the contempt of which will lead to the self destruction of humanity."
The Pope warned against the manipulation that takes place in national and international forums when the term "gender" is altered.
"What is often expressed and understood by the term 'gender,' is definitively resolved in the self-emancipation of the human being from creation and the Creator," he warned. "Man wants to create himself, and to decide always and exclusively on his own about what concerns him."
The Pontiff said this is man living "against truth, against the creating Spirit."
"The rain forests certainly deserve our protection, but man as creature indeed deserves no less," he added.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Benedict XVI on Marriage
In the course of calling for a "human ecology," Pope Benedict XVI said this about marriage: