I'm a Catholic. I was proud to be an altar boy in my youth. I love a midnight mass on Christmas morn with the ritual, the singing, the community feeling of goodwill. But I get ticked off when the Vatican goes corporate and misses the essential message of "Do unto others." Reportedly, in a recent Christmas speech that was to be a message of peace, The Pope used the occasion to denounce gay marriage again and refer to it as "a threat to world peace." Happy Holidays! President Obama is cool with gay marriage.
...the Holy Father could be blessing the faithful underneath a totally heterosexual piece of work like this:
One more thing: The cost of all those regal capes and fancy footwear on the Pontiff? Imagine how much food that money could've purchased for poor people in a homeless shelter. To me, ignoring the plague of poverty is a much much bigger threat to world peace than a loving same-sex union.