Spanish gays plan 'kiss-in' for Pope

2011-08-17 15:01

Madrid - Spanish gays and lesbians say they will hold a protest "kiss-in" on Thursday in front of Pope Benedict XVI when he joins huge Catholic youth festivities in Madrid.

The kiss-in is being organised on Facebook by gay groups including Asamblea Transmaricabollo de Sol, which was set up during popular "indignant" protests that erupted on May 15 over Spain's economies woes.

The kiss-in is aimed at protesting the Roman Catholic Church's "moral condemnations of sexuality", a spokesperson for the Transmaricabollo group, Jaime del Val, said on Wednesday.

On Facebook, organisers are calling for a gay-lesbian kiss-in "dedicated to an educational, lewd, and (r)evolutionary celebration of the arrival of the Holy Father Benedict XVI".

Nearly 300 people had signed up for the protest, the exact site for which had not yet been chosen.

An estimated one million young Roman Catholics or more are celebrating World Youth Day in and around Madrid from August 16-21 in a rock-festival style atmosphere.

Benedict XVI arrives on Thursday to join the final four days of the celebrations. He will be welcomed by the youngsters in a major ceremony at Madrid's central Plaza Cibeles.

When the pope last visited Spain in November last year, he was confronted by a homosexual kiss-in in Barcelona.

About 200 gay men and women couples locked lips to demand the Church recognise their right to be gay as he paraded through Barcelona's streets November 7 in his transparent "popemobile".

  • Klip - 2011-08-17 15:10

    Whats the problem, his priests are kissing each other. I dont like this dark sith lord looking dude by the way.

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-17 15:54

      Actually, his priests are kissing the kids who come on field trips, minor correction

      Klip - 2011-08-17 16:03

      I agree with you, they play with each other and unfortunately small boys..i will forgive them for playing with each other but not the small boys!

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-18 09:23

      What do you expect - if you forbid men to marry, obviously men have needs and will seek to relieve themselves - the Catholic issue with molestation does NOT surprise me. What also doesn't surprise me, is that clearly the RCC didn't read this part of the Bible, which seems almost directly written about the RCC 300 years before they were formed: 1 Timothy 4:1-3 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. (Forbidding to marry... not allowed to eat meat on a Friday...) And in case this isn't clear enough... 1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; The husband of one wife hmm?

      Risen Ape - 2011-08-18 16:57

      This is weird. Matt:-) shoots off all kinds of religious philosophical nonsense and his comments stick. Yet more reasonable comments based on the scientific method are deleted. Go figure.

      Epicurius - 2011-08-20 00:14

      @ Matt - So, inside every man lurks a homosexual pedophilic molester waiting to strike if celibate for long enough? Doesn't seem to make sense that.

  • Observer - 2011-08-17 15:40

    How many people clicked on the article because of the pic on the leader page, only to find that there is no pic in the actual article, so you didn't bother to read the article and just scrolled down to the comments section?

      Klip - 2011-08-17 15:51

      Nope not me. I find double standards interesting in general and feel that these guys are not setting a good example but they expect their followers to be perfect. Double standards.

      Albo - 2011-08-17 16:00

      LOL - got me. What a let down.

  • Coxygru - 2011-08-17 17:08

    They should follow the kiss-in with a condom distribution to all those youngsters.

  • letsee - 2011-08-17 18:07

    I have friends that are gay and they are good friends. However the kiss-in for the Pope is uncalled for and can only come for those that feel unsecure and need something to show otherwise.

      Jenna Healy - 2011-08-19 18:12

      I feel sorry for the people you call your friends for having a friend like you; you're clearly a closet homophobe. And, yeah, I'd say LGBTs feel pretty "unsecure" (sic) living in a world where they can't be themselves without prejudice, manifesting itself in legal matters and hate crimes, all thanks to the Church.

  • Flamewulf - 2011-08-18 09:47

    Does the pope actually care?

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-18 09:53

      Maybe, just to be safe, he can have the windows on his Popemobile tinted from the inside so that he doesn't have to see them ;-)

  • Greg - 2011-08-18 10:04

    The majority of comments to this article are indicative of the degeneration of individuals and society into immorality. The level of ignorance of the true issues is staggering and only highlights the intellectual and spiritual weakness in our societies today. The spokesperson conveniently twists the Church's position on homosexuality by protesting the Church's "moral condemnation of sexuality" when infact the Church upholds Divine teaching that sex between same sex people is an abomination (OT) before God. The Church does not judge the sexual orientation of the person but the giving in as it were to the desire. It is the perverted in mind and heart who seek to justify this immoral behaviour under the guise of human rights and wish to take humanity along with them by defying Divine law as it is found in Natural law.

  • Vicki - 2011-09-08 13:47

    In the New Testament, Caiaphas is said to be the Roman-appointed high priest, who organized the plot to kill Jesus Christ because his growing influence threatened their authority and might trigger reprisal from Roman occupiers.

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