Gay rights activists issue death threats to priest
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…