Gay marriage is a threat to “humanity itself,” according to the Pope

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Pope Benedict XVI

In his outlandishly named "State of the World" address this week, Pope Benedict XVI came out swinging against gay marriage, slamming it as a factor that "undermine[s] the family," and "threaten[s] human dignity and the future of humanity itself." Yes, all of humanity!

He continued, "Pride of place goes to family, based on the marriage of a man and woman. This is not a simple convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society." Even from a source as predictably opposed to gay marriage as, you know, the head of the Catholic church, this is still a little intense. He's also set to elevate New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, an outspoken opponent of gay marriage, to the position of cardinal.

However, the Pope is nothing if not a big-picture kind of guy, and saved some derision for abortion, too, railing against laws that "not only permit but at times even promote abortion for reasons of convenience or for questionable medical motives." 

Again, nothing's too surprising about the Pope opposing gay marriage and abortion rights, but are these really the biggest issues to focus on right now when considering the "state" of the entire world?