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Rick Warren said this week that marriage can only be between a man and a woman.
Warren was speaking at Pope Francis’ Humanum conference in Rome.
"The Bible says you are to honour marriage. Sadly, today we all know marriage is dishonoured by a lot of people. It's dismissed as archaic, man-made tradition. It's denounced as an enemy of women...it's demeaned in movies and television and it's delayed out of fear that it will limit one's personal freedom. So today instead of being honoured, marriage is ridiculed, resented, rejected and redefined," he said.
"What are we going to do about this? The Church cannot cower in silence...the stakes are too high."
He added that non-traditional marriages are based on “fads, feelings, opinions or political correctness.”
Also at the Humanum conference at the Vatican was evangelist Russell Moore, who told attendees that “the sexual revolution” does not empower women and children.
"The sexual revolution is not liberation at all, [but] is merely the imposition of a different sort of patriarchy."
"Western culture now celebrates casual sexuality, cohabitation, no-fault divorce, marriage redefinition and abortion rights, as parts of a sexual revolution that they say can tear down old patriarchal systems, but this is not the case," Moore said.
Moore also said he believed in a traditional marriage between a man and a woman.
"With this conviction we must stand and speak not with clenched fists or with wringing hands, but with the open hearts of those who have a message and a mission," he said.
Publication date: November 19, 2014