Italy: “Family Day” in Rome

Source: FSSPX News


“This year, in Italy and throughout Europe, human life and the family have been attacked on all fronts,” and “to only look in Italy for the causes of this offensive, would be unjust: we insist on reiterating that life is a ‘current issue which concerns the entire planet.’” “This is why,” explained the president of PLM, “it is appropriate and necessary for the mobilization for the defense of life and the family to expand throughout the whole of Europe.”

“To demand new policies in favor of the family, concerning taxation, employment, housing and nurseries, is more than justified, just as it is legitimate to welcome the participation of all those who wish to be present at this meeting, but neither the demand for social policies or the opportunity to bring together so many people, must hide the reason which inspired the planning of this Family Day, namely, the ‘no’ to DICO and Pacs [the civil union bill]”.

The daily Il Messaggero of May 9 reported the words of Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family: “In many countries, meetings such as these take place every year,” and this would also be “desirable” in Italy. The family has an “ontological depth, and is not uniquely a “Catholic project.” “Our family is the human family,” and “if the family suffers, society ends up becoming sick.” It is unacceptable “to elevate the legal level of arrangements which ought to remain private.”

Rabbi Yehuda Levin, spokesman for the Rabbinical Alliance of America (RAA), expressed the support of 1000 rabbis for the organizers of the day. The RAA and the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada “pledges its fervent support to the millions of Italians” (…) “ who refuse all attempted laws aimed at the recognition of homosexual unions.” “The just” have “the resolute and immutable duty to step forward,” “in order to teach what is just and what is not,” and to demand that politicians do the same. “Centuries ago, believers were thrown to the lions, martyred for their faith. Today God asks religious leaders for a lesser martyrdom: direct confrontation, in explicit terms, with this evil legislation and its supporters.”

On May 12, the several hundred thousand or so participants at the start of the day had risen to one and a half million by 6pm before the St. John Lateran Basilica, stated Savino Pezzotta, spokesman for the Family Day, to convince the Italian government of the necessity of supporting the family.

“We are here today so that the voices of Italian families may resound even more strongly,” said Giovanni Giacobbe, president of the Forum of the Family Associations, in his speech during the course of the day. More than 450 associations in favor of the family were present. Also present were members of the Neocatechumenal Way, the Renewal in the Spirit, New Families (an outgrowth from the Focolare Movement) and Communion and Liberation, as well as Evangelical Churches and leaders from opposing political parties.

Mgr. Rino Fisichella, rector of the Pontifical University stated: “The demonstration has made it clear that the Church enjoys not only the consensus of the Italian people, but also their trust.”

“The unashamed crusade of the Italian Church” ran the headline in the French left wing daily, Libération, of May 14. It specified as follows: “The Vatican’s victory is indeed evident on the day after the huge demonstration organized in Rome on Saturday, by Catholic groups in ‘defense of the family’ and against Dico, the Italian bill for homosexual unions. (…) The ‘Family Day’, with its hundreds of thousands of participants gathered in front of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, was, in any event, a veritable show of force by the Catholic camp. Particularly as a few miles away, the opposing rally ‘Secular Courage’ gathered in Navone Square, had the support of only a little over three thousand people. (…) The Mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni, preferred to be at a tennis match. Also absent from the secularist demonstration was the current Minister of Foreign Affairs, Massimo D’Alema. (…) ‘Where are democrats of the Left?’, an indignant Emma Bonino, radical minister asked, from the platform at Navone Square on Saturday.”