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Chan Lowe: The Pope slams gay marriage


With all due respect, the Pope’s recent pronouncement that same-sex marriage undermines the future of humanity only tells us that His Holiness spends too much time cooped up in Castel Gandolfo.

When you tick off the biggest problems the world faces, you realize that the issues that really undermine the future of humanity⎯like climate change, hunger, poverty and the pollution of our resources--are the result of overpopulation. The Catholic Church, thanks to its stance on birth control, is doing everything it can to exacerbate this problem. You’d think that gay couples, which tend with some exceptions to adopt children when they want to start a family, would be something the Church might welcome as alleviating in some small way the sufferings of the flock.

Secondly, if the family is at the core of civilization’s stability, as the pope asserts in his argument, then he should come and visit a gay family or two. He would be surprised at how much love (yes, the kind Jesus himself extolled) and mutual respect is present in such a union. At least as much as in a heterosexual one, and probably more than most. One could argue that it still takes a greater commitment on the part of the participants in a gay marriage to slog through the residue of societal disapproval as preserved and perpetuated by the abovementioned Pontiff.

Thirdly, and again with all due respect, maybe somebody who has never tried marriage, and in fact doesn’t even deem the institution worthy for his own employees to indulge in, shouldn’t be loosing rampaging Papal Bulls on something he knows little about.

Maybe the Pope should do us all a favor and stick to his main line of work, which is the saving of souls. That job alone is more than enough to keep anyone busy for a lifetime.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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