Gay rights campaigners, church leaders and politicians last night denounced Pope Benedict for claiming that saving the world from homosexuals is as important as saving the rainforests.
The Pontiff said humanity needs to listen to the “language of creation” to understand the intended roles of man and woman and that behaviour beyond traditional heterosexual relations was a “destruction of God’s work”.
The Rev Ian Galloway, convener of the Church of Scotland’s church and society council, said Pope Benedict XVI had “missed the point”.
“The Kirk considers that climate change is the global priority that will affect the lives of all people whatever their sexuality,” he added.
A spokesman for the Catholic Church in Scotland said it shared the Pope’s views because its teachings are “universal” and homosexuality was wrong.
The Rev Sharon Ferguson, who is chief executive of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, said: “It is more the case that we need to be saved from his (the Pope’s) comments.”
• Full story at the Aberdeen Press & Journal.