Thursday, June 29, 2006

Is this guy for real?

Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, continues on his major tear of late against the West, notably against countries that are sanctioning any alternative to traditional forms of marriage. His most recent comments, in an interview with the Italian Catholic weekly Famiglia Cristiana, singled Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the Nordic countries for "exporting" their liberal social policies:

"We are changing the definitions about life: male and female, father and mother are disappearing. Everyone becomes a 'partner.'

"Civil unions are a legal fiction, two people who promise each other nothing, who promise nothing to their children nor to the state but want the same rights as marriage." He went on to call gay marriage "absolute nothingness." If it's nothing, why worry about it?

But now comes the really wierd part: "I fear that faced with current legislation, speaking in defense of life, of the rights of the family, is becoming in some societies a crime against the state, a form of disobedience of the government, a discrimination against women.

"The Church risks being brought in front of some international court, if the debate gets any more tense, if the most radical opinions are heeded." Sorry, your eminence, but there's plenty of "tenseness" coming from your end. People in glass houses and all that.

Besides, what on earth could he be talking about? On what charges will the church be brought up on? Anybody?


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