Saturday, May 19, 2012, 13:44
The Gozo bishop has no right to encourage state discrimination against families he deemed as being flawed, Nationalist MP Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, the promoter of the introduction of divorce in Malta, said this afternoon.
In an entry on his facebook page referring to the Gozo bishop's pastoral letter (see: http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20120519/local/a-family-is-a-relationship-between-man-and-woman-based-on-marriage-bishop-grech.420419), Dr Pullicino Orlando said:
"Bishop Grech has absolutely no right to encourage discrimination against those families he deems as being 'flawed' by the state.
"If this is why we seem to be dragging our feet in relation to the promised regularisation of gay unions - shame."
In his letter, bishop Grech said that a family was a relationship based on marriage between a man and a woman, where there was lifelong commitment with the aim to love and procreate, raise and educate children.
He said that no other relationship could be equalled to a family.