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Italian PM rebukes cardinal in civil-union debate

February 16, 2016

The president of the Italian Episcopal Conference has requested that senators be permitted to cast their vote on pending civil-union legislation secretly, as allowed by senate rules.

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco’s suggestion provoked a sharp rebuke from Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, the Reuters news service reported.

“Parliament decides whether or not to allow secret votes,” he said, “not the head of the bishops’ conference.”

Renzi added, “What is there to fear from two people who love each other? Why not give these rights to two people who love each other? The majority of the country is clearly in favor of it.”


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