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Drive for same-sex marriage denies the obvious, says Italian cardinal

July 03, 2013

The drive for public acceptance of same-sex unions “undermines the foundation of a civilization which is coextensive with the world and as ancient as history itself,” said Cardinal Carlo Caffarra of Bologna.

Responding to a statement by the city’s mayor, who said that the eventual recognition of same-sex marriage was inevitable and welcomed it as a sign of progress, Cardinal Caffarra issued a strong statement of protest. “What about those who, not out of a phobia, but prompted by motivated reasoning, think that marriage is what has been defined as such from the dawn of civilization?” he asked. “Must these citizens, their culture and their arguments, really be considered uncivilized and outside the bounds of history, condemned to feeling like foreigners in their homeland, because they can't keep up with this so-called progress?”

The cardinal said that the arguments in favor of gay marriage and gay adoption “deny something so obvious that to have to explain it makes one want to cry.”


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  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Jul. 03, 2013 7:39 PM ET USA

    "it makes one want to cry." Your Eminence, We feel your pain!