Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Di-ve: President of Argentina's LGBT Federation answers to Pope's opposition

Last Updated 30 | 12 | 2013 at 14:41
Article By: di-ve.com news editorial@di-ve.com

With reference to the Declaration by Charles Scicluna, Auxiliary Bishop of Malta where he expressed that Pope Francis was shocked by the Civil Union Bill with adoption rights in Malta, the Argentina LGBT Federation expresses its strong rejection to the interference of the Catholic Church’s Hierarchy in civil rights which are a matter of secular nature, and rights which should be accessible to all citizens without any form of discrimination including sexual orientation and gender identity.

This case, demonstrates yet another time - as we have repeatedly said - that there is no will from Pope Francis’ part to change the doctrinal position of the Catholic Church with respect to the family and the lack of recognition of gay or lesbian parents.

It is important to remember that during the Debate on Marriage Equality in Argentina, Jorge Bergoglio, as Cardinal of Buenos Aires undertook a war in God’s name against what he considered a devil’s plan to destroy the Argentine society.

With respect to this, Esteban Paulón, President of the Argentine LGBT Federation expressed that “the declarations of the Maltese Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna do not surprise us since they clearly show the true position of Pope Francis with respect to sexual diversity. The Vatican again repeats a merciful discourse which treats us as sick people, far from seeing us as subjects with rights”.

Likewise he added “we don’t expect a change regarding the teachings on the family from the Vatican hierarchy and we can see the interference which they keep on exercising in all the countries on a daily basis hindering the progress of our rights. But the most painful fact is Pope Francis’ silence in view of the increasing penalization and persecution of homosexuals around the world, especially in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. Unfortunately there was not a single word from Pope Francis on India’s Court decision, the restrictive law in Uganda and prohibition of homosexual propaganda in Russia.”

1 comment:

  1. In light of two provisions in the Constitution of Malta (“The religion of Malta is the Roman Catholic Apostolic Religion. The authorities of the Roman Catholic Apostolic Church have the duty and the right to teach which principles are right and which are wrong”), it is bad strategy to speak of “the interference of the Catholic Church’s Hierarchy in civil rights which are a matter of secular nature” and to condemn it.

    It is wiser, and will be more effective, to refute the arguments of the Roman Catholic Church against the legalization of same-gender civil unions.

    Rebut the message instead of attacking the messenger.

    David Gold