Former pope Benedict XVI is saying that not only is the world actively becoming unchristian, it is becoming anti-Christian.
In new, authorized biography out this week in Germany, the 93-year-old ex-pontiff sharply attacks gay marriage, abortion and scientific procedures for conception, stepping boldly into major debates that have occupied the Catholic Church for decades, the New York Daily News reports.
“A century ago, anyone would have thought it absurd to talk about homosexual marriage. Today those who oppose it are excommunicated from society,” he said. “It’s the same thing with abortion and creating human life in the laboratory.”
Benedict went on to tell interviewing journalist Peter Seewald that these events in the world are an existential threat to Christianity.
“Modern society is in the middle of formulating an anti-Christian creed,” he said. “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.”
Since stepping down as Pope in 2013 due to health concerns, Benedict has drawn criticism for sometimes appearing to undermine his successor, Pope Francis, with markedly more conservative positions and opinions. Though both popes share an opposition to abortion, Benedict’s comments on gay marriage will likely undo some of Francis’ past work adopting a softer stance for the church on LGBT rights.