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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is linking so-called gay marriage with the power of the Antichrist.
His comments come from a discussion with author Peter Seewald, for Seewald's biography of the retired pontiff, to be published later this year.
Benedict pointed to modern society's full-fledged endorsement of so-called gay marriage, abortion and "the creation of human beings in the laboratory," telling his biographer:
Modern society is in the middle of formulating an anti-Christian creed, and if one opposes it, one is being punished by society with excommunication. … The fear of this spiritual power of the Antichrist is then only more than natural, and it really needs the help of prayers on the part of an entire diocese and of the Universal Church in order to resist it.
Earlier this year, there was controversy over From the Depths of Our Hearts — a book defending priestly celibacy — as some claimed the retired pontiff was not really a co-author.
Cardinal Robert Sarah pushed back against critics with letters between Benedict and himself, and Benedict remains listed as co-author on the English-language version of the book.
Now 93 years old, Benedict has stayed largely quiet in retirement, but he continues to speak out on key issues affecting the life of the Church.