From The Washington Times:
Pope Benedict XVI yesterday set out "nonnegotiable values" as he urged Catholic lawmakers to oppose laws favoring divorce, abortion, homosexual "marriage" and euthanasia.
In a long-awaited text, the pope exhorted "Catholic politicians and legislators ... to introduce and support laws inspired by values grounded in human nature."
"These values are not negotiable," he wrote, listing "respect for human life, its defense from conception to natural death [and] the family built upon marriage between a man and a woman."
The 79-year-old pontiff also reaffirmed that Catholics who divorce and remarry are barred from taking Communion, unless they "commit to living their relationship ... as friends, as brother and sister."I am dismayed at the loss of traditional moral values in this country. The Catholic church represents the Rock on which Christianity was built and if it becomes "progressive" we all lose something, catholic or not.
Benedict also said in the document that he would like Gregorian chant to make a comeback, Reuters news agency reported.
He said the Catholic faithful should learn more of the chanting traditionally sung in Latin by choirs of monks since the Middle Ages.
"The better-known prayers of the Church's tradition should be recited in Latin and, if possible, selections of Gregorian chant should be sung," he said.
He lamented that Latin, the church's official language, was disappearing and said he wanted future priests to study Latin.
I believe in orthodoxy, if you are going to follow a religion, you should follow it the way it was originally intended. This is the same with judges, you don't get to pick and chose what you are going to follow in a religion or decide to come up with your own interpretation. You look to the orignal meaning and intent and it does not change over time.