On Sunday, Pope Francis addressed a crowd of over 25,000 people, stating children need heterosexual parents.
“Parenthood is based on the diversity of being, as indicated by the Bible, male and female. This is the ‘first’ and more fundamental difference, constitutive of the human being,” the pontiff told the crowd.
“Children mature seeing mom and dad’s…reciprocity and complementarity,” he added.
Religion News service also reports that the Pope “likened a long-lasting marriage to a good wine, in which a husband and wife make the most of their gender differences.”
“They’re not scared of the differences!” the pope said. “What great richness this diversity is, a diversity which becomes complementary, but also reciprocal. It binds them, one to the other.”
Heterosexual marriages not only ensured couples’ happiness, the pontiff said, but were deemed essential for good parenting.
“Children mature seeing their father and mother like this; their identity matures being confronted with the love their father and mother have, confronted with this difference,” Francis said.
This comes just a day after thousands upon thousands attended Rome’s gay pride festival which celebrates the LGBT community. Furthermore, earlier last week, Italy’s parliament passed a motion to support same-sex civil unions.
According to the Pew Research Centre, 83 percent of the country identifies as Catholic. Pope Francis in the past has said that same-sex marriage “disfigures” conventional marriage.