Ha. What a surprise!
While in Spain on Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI criticized Spanish laws allowing gay marriage, easier access to abortions and faster divorces.
Benedict was on his way to inaugurate Barcelona's newest basilica, the Sagrada Familia, while 200 gay and lesbian protesters staged a "kiss in." And a few hundred women also showed up to protest their second-class status in the church and the Vatican's opposition to birth control.
He has spoken out several times in Spain because he feels that the country's stance on these social issues will determine the Vatican's influence in Europe.
Benedict added that families are built on the "indissoluble love of a man and a woman," and rallied against abortion adding that "the life of children (must) be defended as sacred and inviolable from the moment of their conception."
22-year-old nursing student Sergi Benavent said that he was participating in the demonstration to oppose those "who want to love in just one way. This is a peaceful demonstration that there are more ways of expressing one's love."
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