(Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters)

(Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters)

A new encyclical has been released, started by Pope Benedict and finished by Pope Francis, which reminds us that, in case we had forgotten, the Church is against same-sex marriage:

The 82-page text stresses that there is no contradiction between the Catholic faith and the modern world and calls for more dialogue with scientists, other religions and non-believers.

It also restates the Catholic Church’s position on marriage saying it should be a “stable union of man and woman.”

“This union is born of their love, as a sign and presence of God’s own love, and of the acknowledgment and acceptance of the goodness of sexual differentiation,” reads the text.

Of course, as Jeremy points out, American Catholics are more supportive of marriage equality than the general public, so this proclamation doesn’t really change anything.