I have to say that I was rather saddened more than anything when I heard the Pope's latest pronouncment on this issue. But then are we surprised by his views any more than bears do their business in the woods and the Pope being, well, Catholic!
Where do I begin? Is it the fact that he makes a leap of a connection with damage to the environment, or that he has hurt the feelings of others! I know the Conservative communities that exist in the Christian faith, to my shame I once held more strict views myself, but I do wish some Christians would stop and think through what they are doing when they make such pronouncments and concentrate on loving their neighbour rather than worrying about their faith being under attack from the postmodern world. Sexuality is a vulnerable aspect of everyone's nature, gay or straight, and we need to be aware of that within others as well as ourselves.
Some fights are worth making a stand for, others are not (for example if the Pope spoke out about the abuses in Zimbabwe, and the unchristian behaviour of Robert Mugabe that would have been tremendous) and it is focusing on that and remembering what a fragile and vulnerable world that we live in thats important.
Its just sad that, especially at this time of year, of all the things Pope Benedict XVI could have said (he could even have simply pointed out the value of inter-gender dependency, esp given the wider World we live in), he had to plough through a sensitive issue which has the effect on some individuals and groups as a person sliding down a large razor blade, using their feet as a break, and landing in a bucket of salt.