- Jul 25, 2021
Catholics are divided on a controversial Italian anti-homophobia bill, with some saying a new law is desperately needed, and others claiming it would only cause more problems.
After an historic diplomatic protest by the Vatican against the anti-homophobia bill on religious freedom grounds, which was revealed last month and which sparked a national firestorm, the Vatican’s intervention now seems to be a non-factor.
In the first open debate in Italian parliament of a controversial anti-homophobia bill following an unprecedented complaint from the Vatican on grounds of religious freedom, the bill survived two significant steps, and could be voted into law next week.
After apparently to criticize the Vatican’s formal complaint of a proposed anti-homophobia law in Italy during a public event last week, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia has given several interviews on the topic in which he appears to walk back his critique and urges greater Church-State cooperation.
In a recent interview, the Vatican’s top official on life issues criticized both a proposed anti-homophobia law in Italy and the Holy See’s resistance to the bill.
The consequences of a Vatican PR failure fall disproportionately on people with no role in creating it.
In his interview with Vatican editorial director Andrea Tornielli, Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin stressed that in the Holy See’s complaint, “in no way has it been asked to block the law.”
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi Wednesday evening snubbed the Holy See’s protest of a proposed anti-homophobia law, saying Italy is a secular state and as such, can decide on its own whether a proposed legislation is constitutional.