December 21, 2012
(Romereports.com) Benedict XVI delivered his Christmas greeting to his closest collaborators at the Vatican, and named the three biggest challenges the Church faces today: the defense of the family, inter-religious dialogue, and the New Evangelization.
Pope rebuked gender theories by citing French Rabbi Gilles Bernheim,
and said that such theories destroy the family unit and hurt a person's
profound falsehood of this theory and of the anthropological revolution
contained within it is obvious. People dispute the idea that they have a
nature, given by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining
element of the human being.They deny their nature and decide that it is
not something previously given to them, but that they make it for
According to Benedict XVI, the denial of a
person's sexual nature end up destroying the cohesion of the family as a
unit, specifically the roles of the father, mother and their offspring.
Pope also highlighted the importance of dialogue between the Church and
other countries, as well as a truthful dialogue with other religions.
the Church in our day I see three principal areas of dialogue, in which
she must be present in the struggle for man and his humanity: dialogue
with states, dialogue with society – which includes dialogue with
cultures and with science – and finally dialogue with religions."
After his speech,
the Pope personally greeted the cardinals and the high-ranking members
of the Roman Curia, to personall wish them a Merry Christmas.