Headline: Popes Claim Sex Is Gift of God Stirs Abuse Controversy
The Pope praised human sexuality and decried pornography in a speech to young French Catholics. Last week, he stated that Satan attempts to attack Catholic bishops so as to scandalize the people, responding to a raft of sexual scandals that have been rocking the Church.
Sex is a gift of God and people express love both in spiritual and physical dimensions, Pope Francis told an audience in France, according to the Catholic news website Crux.
Marital sexual relations between a man and woman are a gift that the Lord gives us, the Pope told young Catholics in the diocese of Grenoble-Vienne on Monday, claiming that human sexuality is designed so that couples could love one another and create life. It is passion, it is passionate love. True love is passionate, he said.
The Pontiff acknowledged that human weakness or spiritual failings can lead people to express their sexuality in a way that is detached from love and used for amusement, claiming that it runs counter to the very beautiful way it was intended to be.
His Holiness Francis went on to condemn pornography as being part of an industry of lies and urged young people to safeguard their sexuality and prepare for that love that will be part of their entire lives.
His comments were seen as controversial by many netizens; some of them raced to Twitter to recall the recent sexual abuse cases in the Catholic Church.