Catholic News Service
Pope Benedict meets with members of the curia this week.
Catholic News Service
Pope Benedict meets with members of the curia this week.
Pope Benedict on Friday indicated that the Vatican is ready to join other faith leaders in opposing same-sex marriage, the New York Times reports.

The pope said the family was threatened “to its foundations” by attempts to change its “true structure.” The talk came in a Christmas address to Vatican officials in which the pope blended religion, philosophy, anthropology and sociology.

The Vatican is defending traditional marriage in response to gains for same-sex marriage in the United States and Europe.

Affirming a study by France’s chief rabbi on the effects the legalization of same-sex marriage would have on children and society, the pope said: “There is no denying the crisis that threatens it (the family) to its foundations — especially in the Western world.”

The family must be protected because it is “the authentic setting in which to hand on the blueprint of human existence,” the pope explained.