- Aug 9, 2020
Both supporters and opponents of a bill criminalizing expressions of “homotransphobia” cite the pope, supporters often pointing to “Who am I to judge?” while opponents appeal to the pope’s criticism of “gender theory” and his insistence that marriage is a bond between a man and a woman.
The Italian bishops’ conference has distributed another 10 million euros ($11.2 million) to the dioceses in northern Italy hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Italian bishops have criticized a new bill under consideration which criminalizes discrimination against homosexual and transsexual individuals, arguing that the legislation is unnecessary and would limit free expression of opinion.
Although when public liturgies may resume in the Vatican remains unclear, the church in Italy, anyway, is going back to business – but it’s likely to be far from business as usual.
If early returns are any indication, the way in which the Mass ban is lifted may turn out to be just as controversial, and just as messy, as imposing it in the first place.