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Maltese bishop Charles Scicluna says gay sex has no role in society

Maltese bishop Charles Scicluna says gay sex has no role in society

Auxiliary Bishop of Malta Charles Scicluna has lashed out at plans by the Maltese Government to introduce civil unions for same-sex couples, saying gay sex has no role to play in society as it does not result in pregnancy.

‘While the sexual activity of heterosexual couples has a fundamental role in producing future members of the society, that of same-sex couples does not have a role in society as it does not produce offspring,’ Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna said on PBS Malta’s current affairs show Dissett on Thursday night.

Scicluna urged the Maltese Government to ensure any civil unions bill it passed gave same-sex couples inferior rights and obligations to each other to make them clearly distinguishable from married couples.

‘Currently, the obligations and rights of members within a civil union are barely different from those within a marriage and consequently, parliament needs to clearly distinguish the rights pertinent to a marriage and those to a civil union,’ Scicluna said of the Government’s bill.

Scicluna also said that, because same-sex couples could not have children without assistance, they should also be barred from adopting.

The Maltese civil unions bill seeks to give Maltese same-sex couples the same-rights as married opposite-sex couples but Scicluna said that the ruling Labour Party should have explicitly said that meant adoption rights in its election manifesto.

‘Neither the government, nor the opposition said anything about amending the adoption laws, but the [Labour Party] merely vowed to implement same sex civil unions,’ Scicluna said.

‘Consequently, they do not have the mandate to implement adoption for gay couples.’

Before becoming Auxiliary Bishop, Scicluna was responsible for trying pedophiles for 17 years within the Catholic Church, beginning in 1995.