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Italian cardinal says Church will not downplay opposition to same-sex marriage

Catholic World News - May 07, 2012

Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan has said that Catholic Church leaders will not and should not mute their opposition to same-sex marriage in Italy’s current debates.

The idea that religious beliefs should not be expressed in public debates is the product of a “limited concept of secularism,” the cardinal said. He proposed instead that all ideas should be expressed freely. “I can propose my beliefs, you propose yours,” he said. “Then we find out what the prevalent opinion is.”

Cardinal Scola told an audience at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart that public discourse today is handicapped by the failure to recognize the spiritual dimension of human life. The result, he said, is an excessive focus on economic affairs.

Cardinal Scola’s views command attention in Italy not only because he is the archbishop of the nation’s largest archdiocese but also because he is widely regarded as the leading candidate to succeed Pope Benedict XVI.

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