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Italian bishop wants no 'taboo' on talk of homosexuality, Communion for divorced, married priests

May 15, 2014

The newly appointed secretary-general of the Italian bishops’ conference has said that the Church should “listen without any taboo to the arguments in favor of married priests, the Eucharist for the divorced, and homosexuality."

Bishop Nunzio Galantino of Cassano all’Jonio, whose role as the 2nd-ranking leader of the Italian episcopal conference was confirmed by Pope Francis in March, told the daily La Nazione that in recent years the Church has “concentrated too much on abortion and euthanasia.” He told the paper: “I don’t identify with the expressionless person who stands outside the abortion clinic reciting their rosary, but with young people, who are still against this practice, but are instead fighting for quality of life, their health, their right to work.”


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  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - May. 21, 2014 8:39 PM ET USA

    So, he prefers young people who are against the murder of unborn children, but are more worried about their own quality of life, their health, and their "right" to work (since we're talking about Italy, this probably means the "right" to a government job if they have no skills to offer a private employer). Yeah, those are definitely the young people the Church so desperately needs! Sure wish I knew what the Holy Spirit is aiming at with such foolish appointments as this.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - May. 18, 2014 3:06 PM ET USA

    Just to make crystal clear why some of us would gladly see this fellow defrocked, not just "un-bishoped", here is the EXACT phrase used in the offending interview: "...chi recita il rosario fuori dalle cliniche, che praticano l’interruzione della gravidanza...." The is NOT just "abortion" but rather "...clinics practicing the interruption of pregnancy"!!!! Planned Parenthood could not have scripted Galantino's words better! Shades of Nancy Pelosi! The man is a walking, talking OUTRAGE!

  • Posted by: Defender - May. 17, 2014 1:48 AM ET USA

    The bishop was appointed to this conference by the pope and he feels free to say whatever he wants. Of course this implies that he has felt this way for quite some time - why he was selected to become a bishop and the damage he has potentially done since can only be imagined. There ought to be a way to "un-bishop" someone or, at the very least, admit the mistake and tell him, "Oops, we made a mistake and we're taking it back. We have a nice parish for you in Antarctica..."

  • Posted by: Deo Vindice - May. 16, 2014 10:56 AM ET USA

    Where is the Magisterium on this issue to enforce Church Doctrine?? Is there not any prelate reacting in opposition to this Bishops statement?? Pray much for our Church!!! Pray for the souls that have been misguided!!

  • Posted by: bruno.cicconi7491 - May. 15, 2014 11:28 PM ET USA

    So Bishop likes "normal" young people, because faithful ones freak them out?

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - May. 15, 2014 9:13 PM ET USA

    There is so much here in this piece, allow me to start. These are not mere taboos but mortal sins which deny a soul the eternal reward of heaven. The Church only "concentrates" on abortion and euthanasia because that is the great sin, the worship of the Golden Calf in our age. Bishops if they no longer defend the right to life serve not God but Satan. We are called to be a witness to Christ, the ordinary "fight for the quality of life" is not a witness. Prayer is a witness.

  • Posted by: Jim Hanink - May. 15, 2014 8:24 PM ET USA

    Be sure to see John Smeaton's (SPUC) open letter to Bishop Galantino. It's a masterpiece. You can access the letter via the Tablet article. Bishop Galantino,if quoted accurately, confuses "taboo" with the magisterial teaching of the Church. He also caricatures pro-life sidewalk counselors and their prayer supporters. My wife and I have long been among them. By the way, we welcome bishops!

  • Posted by: Oliver Plunkett - May. 15, 2014 7:55 PM ET USA

    Maybe the good Bishop should consider joining the "expressionless person who stands outside the abortion clinic reciting their rosary" in their spiritual battle for the soul of the mother and those involved in the violence against her, her defenseless unborn child, and the quality of her life and health (physical an mental) as her "choice" haunts her daily.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - May. 15, 2014 7:30 PM ET USA

    Wow! Have we taken a left turn in the Church. Pope Benedict XVI was right when he predicted we were moving toward a much smaller church. These radical bishops are lopsided in their comments and thinking.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - May. 15, 2014 7:05 PM ET USA

    Jesus, please! Come and save Your Church!

  • Posted by: wsw33410 - May. 15, 2014 6:37 PM ET USA

    So, that how His Excellency describes me and the thousands of my friends ... "the expressionless person who stands outside the abortion clinic reciting their rosary," -- and he does not want identify with us -- it really makes me feel good about our leaders, "the good shepherds" ...