Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Vatican’s Center for Families, has attacked gay marriage again, but also reaffirmed the church’s stance on human rights.
Interviewed by the Italian press, Paglia said: ‘The Catholic Church is against discrimination. All human beings are equal in front of God, but we are also against same-sex marriage.
‘The church must defend the truth and the truth is that a marriage is only between a man and a woman. This is not a religious belief, this is the natural order of things. We can not surrender to a sick egalitarianism.
‘However, homosexuality is still a crime in too many countries. I want the church to defend human rights and to fight this discrimination.’
Paglia’s words surprised Italian commentators because they come only two days after another senior bishop’s conversation with the Italian press.
Two days ago, Monsignor Bagnasco, President of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, said: ‘With gay marriage we are in the depths of human society.’
The French and British bills on same-sex marriage, which are being discussed at the French National Assembly and at the UK's parliament in Westminster, ‘are very frightening’, he added.