ROME: The leader of Italy's Roman Catholic Church attacked the European Parliament over a resolution calling for homosexual and heterosexual couples to be treated equally.
Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the Pope's vicar for Rome, yesterday denounced last week's resolution as ''profoundly wrong and full of negative consequences''.
The January 18 resolution passed by the Strasbourg assembly warned the 25 member states that they would face possible legal action if they did not combat homophobia.
Ruini, president of the Italian Bishops' Conference, branded the resolution ''part of moral pressure aimed at weakening the very cornerstones of our civilisation''.
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The kind of language that Cardinal Ruini chose is probably not the best. Taking the Christian message to the masses is important, but in this particular instance, I would myself choose to use more secular language along the lines of 'national sovereignty', etc. After all, while the smacking down of the EU Constitution was a victory of sorts for a Christian Europe, it was largely due to fears of greater EU control over local affairs.
This issue needs to be framed in that same way, otherwise it's just going to be one more 'reactionary' Church position that will go in one ear and out the other of most of Europe.