Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Genoa cathedral defaced, gay activists suspected

Genoa, Apr. 4, 2007 (CWNews.com) - Vandals have defaced the cathedral of Genoa, Italy, in an apparent retaliation after Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco spoke out forcefully against same-sex unions.

The words "Bagnasco shame" were spray-painted across the main entrance to the cathedral of St. Lawrence in Genoa. The words appeared shortly after Archbishop Bagnasco, the president of the Italian bishops' conference, issued a statement opposing the legal recognition of civil unions, and saying that the government's failure to enforce moral norms regarding marriage could open the way to all kinds of perverse relationships.


This, after Cardinal Bagnasco was mailed a bullet.

Gotta laugh at this statement:

The dissent of Fathers Vittorio Cristelli, Aldo Antonelli of Aquila and Beppe Scapino of Ivrea was highlighted in an article that the anti-clerical daily entitled "We are Catholics and in favor of homosexual civil unions." Father Antonelli, in a particularly acrimonious statement, said that the position taken by the Italian hierarchy demonstrates "the Talibanization of the Church."

It seems his side is acting more like the Taliban.

When the Church starts shooting women for adultery, chopping people's hands off for theft and stopping women from going to school, that comparison may stick. It's a bit like the "Nazi" argument: an attempt at an emotional smear that doesn't live up to the proportions of the evil.

Here, in Canada, the opposition doesn't have to resort to defacing cathedrals and mailing bullets. The clergy are generally wimpy enough as it is, the Lobby doesn't have to resort to those measures.

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