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Italian cardinal speaks out against civil-union proposal

February 02, 2016

Cardinal Velasio Di Paolis has said that a proposal for legal recognition of same-sex unions would be "fundamentally against the Italian constitution."

The retired president of the Vatican's Prefecture for Economic Affairs added that the proposed legislation is also at odds with common sense and natural law. Marriage, the Italian cardinal told the National Catholic Register, he "a natural reality, and one cannot alter that through the law."

Cardinal Di Paolis spoke to the Register on January 30, as hundreds of thousands of Italians demonstrated in Rome against the proposed leglislation. But the cardinal admitted that he was not hopeful about the prospects for defeating the measure, because despite the enthusiasm of pro-family demonstrators, "the overall mentalilty of the majority is in favor."

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