Pope rounds on abortion, defends love of man and woman
Benedict XVI Sunday sanctified a world monument to family, Barcelona's Sagrada Familia church, and rounded on abortion, divorce and gay marriage.
In a clear reference to abortion just four months after Spain passed laws easing women's access to the operation, the 83-year-old pontiff said the Church "resists every form of denial of human life".
Only love and faith could can lead to true freedom, said the pope, draped in a golden vestement and mytre and adressing 6,500 faithful in the colossal main nave of the church, tranformed by his blessing into a Basilica.
"For this reason the Church resists every form of denial of human life and gives its support to everything that would promote the natural order in the sphere of the institution of the family," he said in a reference to the Church opposition to all abortion.
The pope, who was faced by a gay kiss-in protest as he travelled to the Sagrada Familia in his transparent "popemobile", also defended the traditional pairing of man and woman.
"There also need to be moral advances, such as in care, protection and assistance to families, inasmuch as the generous and indissoluble love of a man and a woman is the effective context and foundation of human life in its gestation, birth, growth and natural end."
© 2010 AFP