Gays get the cold shoulder in Papa Ratzi's 'Love' document
The encyclical distinguishes among different meanings of love, including patriotism, friendship, familial love, and love of God, but then makes the statement that “one (definition of love) in particular stands out: love between man and woman, where body and soul are inseparably joined…”
“According to whom?” asks Mary Hunt, co-director of the Women’s Alliance for Theology Ethics and Ritual, and another member of the Roundtable.
“The argument is without any reference to anthropology or social science that would make clear that love which joins the body and soul comes in many forms — monogamous heterosexual marriage is only one of them. The leap of faith and leap of logic on Benedict’s part is based on a hierarchical view of the world which says that just because the pope says it, it must be so. Many Catholics will not agree.”