In his annual Christmas address to the Vatican bureaucracy, Pope Benedict XVI denounced efforts to grant gay people the right to marry and adopt, branding them an attack on the traditional family.
The pontiff had already made a similar denunciation earlier in the week, during his annual peace message, calling marriage equality a threat to world peace. His harsh words come as fewer and fewer governments seem to be paying attention—Spain, Britain, and France have all recently moved toward legalizing gay marriage.
Even right-wing politicians in the United States realize that attitudes are shifting toward greater acceptance of equal marriage—Newt Gingrich made waves this week by suggesting the GOP "accommodate and deal with reality" on the issue. But don’t expect the Vatican to come around anytime soon.