Pope denounces gay marriage on the same day that a deacon was arrested for child porn

ON THE same say that Pope Ratzinger chose to bang on (again) about gay marriage beings a threat to the very foundations of family life, a Catholic deacon in Montreal was arrested and charged with producing and distributing child pornography.

William Kokesch, 65, was arrested on Friday. Police said they found more than 2,000 images of children on a computer.

Deacon William Kokesch

Deacon William Kokesch

Kokesch, who lives in Pointe-Claire, was a deacon for the St-Edmund of Canterbury parish in Beaconsfield on Montreal’s West Island, is reportedly a key member of the parish.

The Archdiocese of Montreal released a statement on Saturday saying the deacon had been immediately removed from all ministry and pastoral activity. The archdiocese said that it will continue to be attentive to the needs of its parishioners and would co-operate with authorities.

Kokesch was a communications director for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. He helped co-ordinate World Youth Day conferences in Toronto, Rome and Paris, according to the organization’s website.

Meanwhile, the Pope’s latest denunciation of gay marriage came in a Christmas address on Friday to Vatican officials in which he promised to forge alliances with other religious groups to combat same-sex unions.

In some countries, the Catholic Church has already joined forces with Jews, Muslims and members of other religions to oppose the legalisation of gay marriage, in some cases presenting arguments based on legal, social and anthropological analyses rather than religious teachings.

Ratzinger specifically praised as “profoundly moving” a study by Gilles Bernheim, France’s Chief Rabbi, which has become the subject of heated debate in that country.

Bernheim argues that homosexual rights groups “will use gay marriage as a Trojan Horse” in a wider campaign to “deny sexual identity and erase sexual differences” and:

Undermine the heterosexual fundamentals of our society.

His study, Gay Marriage, Parenthood and Adoption: What We Often Forget To Say, argues that plans to legalise gay marriage are being made for “the exclusive profit of a tiny minority” and are often supported because of political correctness.

In his speech on Friday, the Pope repeated some of the concepts in the Bernheim study, including an assertion that children raised by gay couples would be more “objects” than individuals.

Franco Grillini, a leader of Italy‘s gay community, called the pope’s words “great foolishness,” saying:

Where gay marriage has been approved, there has been no consequence on heterosexual marriage.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn (Pope report) and Canada Dave