In Christmas Address, Pope Praises France's Chief Rabbi's Essay Against Gay Marriage

Pope Benedict describes gay marriage as a 'crisis' that 'threatens' Western society; in his study, Rabbi Bernheim says homosexual rights groups 'will use gay marriage as a Trojan Horse' in a wider campaign to "deny sexual identity and erase sexual differences.

In his Christmas address to Vatican officials, Pope Benedict praised an essay by France’s chief rabbi on the negative effects of gay marriage. Specifically, the pope described as "profoundly moving" a study by Rabbi Gilles Bernheim that has become the subject of heated debate in France.