VATICAN, Feb 1, 2001 ( – Speaking to Vatican court officials today, Pope John Paul II stressed the constant teaching of the Church that homosexual marriages are contrary to nature. Marriage is of its nature “ordered for the good of the spouses and generation and education of children,” said the pope. He argued that marriage is a “natural reality … evident to reason” and not a mere social construct.

The pope suggested that “truth” about marriage is “not only being disregarded but openly contested.” He said that this trend is clearly evidenced in the attempt to make homosexual unions equal to marriage.

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