Procrastination from the Pope and Italian bishops before the bill on same-sex unions

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Last July, the European Court of Human Rights expressed a wish for Italy to offer “a specific legal framework for the recognition and protection of unions between persons of the same sex.” For this reason a bill on “civil unions”, advanced by centre-left parliamentary Monica Cirinnà, member of the Democratic Party, will be presented to the Senate en of January.

A large-scale protest against this bill on homosexual unions has been called for in parallel, on Saturday January 30th, in Rome, by pro-life and pro-family organizations. Family Day 2016 is scheduled to meet at the Circo Massimo, with the goal of surpassing the success of last spring’s protest in the square of St. John Lateran. Antonio Socci comments, “An unstoppable phenomenon has been observed; having filled the square of St. John Lateran on June 20th, its new goal is to fill the Circus Maximus—it is madness!” Sandro Magister states on his site Chiesa on January 15, 2016, “But the secretary of the Italian bishops’ conference (CEI), Nunzio Galantino, appointed by the Pope, was quick to deny any support from the CEI for this protest. If a bishop intends to participate, ‘he may do so, but he cannot ask all the other bishops to participate,’ Galantino said in an interview with Corriere della Sera on January 13th.”

Italian Vaticanist Magister recalls as well that in Buenos Aires, in 2010, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio “encouraged Catholics who had gathered before the parliament for a prayer vigil against homosexual marriage, on the point of being voted in, to disperse to their homes. He convinced them to ‘avoid conflict.’” The Argentinian cardinal said “not one word on the topic in public,” Magister emphasizes, and “his only action was to allow a letter he had written to the Carmelites to be leaked, in which he blamed the devil and asked for prayers,” condemning the “Father of Lies, who is pretentious enough to trouble and deceive the children of God.” Thus Fr. Paolo Gentili, director of the office of ministry to families with the Italian Bishops’ Conference (CEI) explained to La Repubblica on January 8, 2016, that it was important not to be limited to “protest events” but to develop “broader processes, which would allow the political world to correct its myopia.”

Outside of the Mass celebrated in the cathedral of Genoa, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, archbishop of Genoa and president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, did not hesitate to retort on January 17th that this protest in defense of the family was an initiative whose “goal is decidedly good and absolutely necessary,” because “the family is the foundation of all of society.” The cardinal, distinguishing himself from the CEI and the Pope, expressed regret that Parliament should spend so much time on this bill at the expense of “real problems” in Italian society, such as unemployment. Fortuitously, Pope Francis cancelled the audience with Cardinal Bagnasco that had been planned for January 21st

On January 22nd, the Sovereign Pontiff finally made a statement on the topic at the inauguration of the judiciary year at the tribunal of the Roman Rota. Speaking to the members gathered in the Clementine Hall in the Vatican; he recalled the importance of the administration of the Rota for the successor of Peter. “The Church is inseparable from the family in its proclamation of the plan of God. Creator and Redeemer of man, He has charged the Church with the task of declaring the sacredness and the beauty of the institution of the family. It is a mission that is always current, especially in our times.” Francis defined the Rota as a family tribunal but also a tribunal of the truth of the sacred bond, and he emphasized that “these two aspects are complementary,” and declared that “the Church must proclaim the essential truth of marriage according to the plan of God.” The family, founded on indissoluble, unitive and procreative marriage, belongs to the “dream” of God and His Church for the salvation of mankind. Pope Francis also specified that “the Church has told the world that there can be no confusion between the family desired by God and any other kind of union.”

This tardy declaration, after incomprehensible procrastination, comes at a time where protests in favor of a law for homosexual unions have been organized across Italy. Philippe Ridet, correspondent of French daily Le Monde in Italy, wrote on his blog on January 24th, “Saturday January 23, tens of thousands of people have protested across Italy in order, they say, to “wake up” the country and claim protection for same-sex couples and their children. From Palermo to Bolzano, from Cagliari to Ancona, via Rome, Milan and Naples, the partisans of “specific social formation” (the name given to civil unions for same-sex couples where each word was chosen by the legislator so that nothing would evoke the ideas of “union,” “contract” or “marriage”) have brandished alarm clocks and other timepieces as a symbol of backwardness in the country which is the last in Europe to be without legislation for gay couples. “We are one million,” the protestors triumphed—a grossly exaggerated number. According to Italian media, they were fewer than 7000 in Turin, 5000 in Milan, thousands in Rome and Bologna, 1500 in Florence, a thousand in Bari, hundreds in Naples, Venice, Trieste, Genoa, Bergamo, Pescara and Cagliari.”

This attitude of the episcopate reminds the case of Ireland, where similar procrastination - between guilty silences and sometimes discordant position - allowed, May 22, 2015, the adoption of "gay marriage ". Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke spoke in a "defy God," and Professor Roberto de Mattei had strongly denounced "a moral and public regression". He was also interviewed on the "sepulchral silence of Pope Francis" who cruelly paralyzed every Catholic reaction (read Ireland: The Irish people adopt same-sex “marriage” on DICI no.316 June 5, 2015)

 (Sources: VIS – Chiesa -- benoit-et-moi – kipa-apic.ch – iMedia – Campagne Italienne – DICI no. 329, 29/01/16)

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