Is Canada helping to undermine humanity's future?
Apparently yes, if you believe the pope. And it's not because we pulled out of the Kyoto accord.
According to news reports, Pope Benedict XVI told diplomatic corps (from 180 countries) accredited to the Vatican that "pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman" in a new year address.
"This is not a simple social convention," he went on to explain, "but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself."
The Vatican and Catholic officials have opposed the legalization of gay marriage.
The Netherlands became the first country to legalize gay marriage (in 2001), followed by nine other countries, including Argentina, Belgium, Canada, South Africa, and Spain.
Several countries are moving towards legalizing gay marriage (possibly approving it this year), including Denmark, Finland, and Nepal.
Last month, however, former Canadian prime minister Jean Chrétien warned Liberals that with Canada having withdrawn from the Kyoto accord and the long-gun registry abolished, same-sex marriage or abortion may be the next target of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives.
Meanwhile, as the same-sex marriage debate continues on south of the border, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum continued to be dogged by questions about gay issues.
On Thursday (January 5) at the College Convention 2012 in Concord, New Hampshire, he responded to a question (and became rather testy) about same-sex marriage by equating it with polygamy.
The session reportedly ended with him being booed.