Monday, 14 April 2014, 15:54
Bishop Charles Scicluna said that while the civil unions’ bill has its good points, it does not provide for the best interest of the child.
Speaking to The Malta Independent hours before Parliament is due to vote on the civil unions bills, Mgr Scicluna said that he notes the new law submitted for the assent of the President of the Republic gives legal protection to same sex couples who want to share their lives together. This initiative has its good points, he admits.
“However, the law puts civil unions on a par with marriage without recognizing the intrinsic and deep-seated distinction between the two types of relationships and their distinctive social roles.”
With regard to the adoption clause, Mgr Scicluna said he regrets the fact that new law determines that a child's adoptive parents may from now on be a man and a man, or a woman and a woman.
“This does not reflect the order established by God in creation and may expose the children eventually entrusted to such adoptive parents to adverse effects. This goes against the principle that the best interests of the child should be the paramount concern in legislation. It is hoped that this principle will remain paramount whenever the new law is applied.”