Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Gay rights activists issue death threats to priest

There is an increasingly tense Church/State conflagration developing in Italy, where an ongoing row over the place of religion in the Italian state is threatening civil unrest. Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco was appointed head of the Bishops Conference in March, and was charged with his Church’s campaign to block a new law that would grant extended rights to homosexual couples. He has since received abuse and death threats for daring to juxtapose homosexuality and gay adoption with incest and child abuse. His cathedral has been vandalised, pictures of him defaced with swastikas, and he is now under police guard after receiving a live bullet in the post.

Italy has been gripped by the conflict between traditionalists and progressives since Romano Prodi unveiled proposals to recognise same-sex partnerships. Members of Parliament have been strongly lobbied by the Roman Catholic Church, with His Holiness calling the proposals ‘anti-church and anti-family’. The bishops have reminded the legislators of their obligation to perform their public roles in accordance with the teachings of the Church, asserting their ‘moral duty’ to vote against the legislation.

Arcbishop Bagnasco is not the first to be so threatened by gay activists, and will doubtless not be the last. Archbishop Angelo Amato, secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - the Vatican's second-highest ranking doctrinal official – has also branded homosexual marriage an evil and denounced abortion and euthanasia as forms of ‘terrorism with a human face’. Amato said newspapers and television bulletins often seemed like ‘a perverse film about evil’, and denounced ‘evils that remain almost invisible’ because the media presented them as ‘expression of human progress’.

He pulled no punches by referring to abortion clinics as ‘slaughterhouses of human beings’, and condemned the ‘parliaments of so-called civilised nations where laws contrary to the nature of the human being are being promulgated, such as the approval of marriage between people of the same sex…’.

And here in the UK, Gay rights now outrank religious adherence and spiritual conscience. One expects Italy to have a Gay mafia, but it simply isn’t the British way… yet…


Anonymous Voyager said...

Threats of this nature are criminal even in Italy. There must be arrests and prosecutions and public condemnation of such threats by ALL organisations involved in these issues.

It is the freedom to discuss, argue and debate - how will Islamists learn if Western democracies behave with the same supine approach Douglas Hurd showed over the burning of Satanic Verses in Bradford in 1989

Free open and non-violent debate is essential and Fascism should not be permitted to use violence in Italy again to silence dissent

2 May 2007 at 08:42  
Anonymous billy said...

Isn't there already a gay mafia in our parliament?

2 May 2007 at 21:30  
Anonymous athanasius said...

Here is an answer to your earlier question about why comments by the RC church leaders always seem to feature in the UK press, while those of the CofE leaders don't: RC cardinals speak clearly and unequivocally about Right and Wrong.

2 May 2007 at 21:33  

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