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"Evitare la confusione con altri tipi di unioni basate su un amore debole si presenta oggi come una speciale urgenza."
ローマ法王、同性愛問題など伊の新政権にクギ (日本経済 2006/05/12)
"No ai Pacs e alle unioni omosessuali"
Il discorso del Pontefice Benedetto XVI su matrimonio e famiglia. "Le unioni che non sono fra uomo e donna rappresentano un "amore debole". Capezzone: "Ma il popolo dei cattolici non la pensa così"
Roma, 11 maggio 2006 - No ai Pacs, no alle unioni omosessuali, simbolo di un "amore debole" in confronto a quello che esiste fra uomo e donna, e che è santificato dal matrimonio, e che collabora con Dio alla "procreazione della vita". Sono le ultime parole del papa Benedetto XVI, che oggi in un'udienza ai partecipanti di un congresso internazionale ha ribadito che "la differenze sessuale che connota il corpo dell'uomo e della donna nonè un semplice dato biologico, ma riveste un significato ben più profondo: esprime quella forma dell'amore con cui l'uomo e la donna, diventando una sola carne, possono realizzare un'autentica comunione di persone aperta alla trasmissione della vita".
Subito è arrivata la replica dell'onorevole di Rifondazione Comunista, Vladimir Luxuria, che ha commentato le parole del Pontefice dicendo che "non esiste una gerarchia di sentimenti: l'amore,in quanto tale, è sempre una grande forza che ci consente di proiettarci in un rapporto a lungo termine". Attonito anche il leader dei Radicali Italiani, Daniele Capezzone: "E' una vera e propria mancanza di carità - ha detto Capezzone - resto convinto che ci sia un grande fossato fra le gerarchie vaticane e il popolo dei credenti italiani, che sono e restano tolleranti".
Il papa ha anche inviato i suoi auguri di buon mandato a Giorgio Napolitano, neo presidente della Repubblica, invocando la "costante assistenza divina per una illuminata ed efficace azione di promozione del bene comune nel solco degli autentici valori
umani e cristiani che costituiscono il mirabile patrimonio del popolo italiano''.
Il Papa attacca il matrimonio tra gay, sinistra reagisce
giovedì, 11 maggio 2006 9.55
CITTA' DEL VATICANO (Reuters) - Papa Benedetto, parlando di un argomento che dovrà affrontare il prossimo governo di centrosinistra, ha condannato oggi il matrimonio tra gay e il riconoscimento legale delle coppie di fatto.
Con il 79enne Pontefice tedesco hanno subito polemizzato alcuni esponenti della sinistra, accusandolo di voler scrivere l'agenda politica italiana.
Il Papa, parlando ad una conferenza sul matrimonio e la famiglia, ha ribadito la posizione della chiesa, che il matrimonio deve essere l'unione tra un uomo e una donna e aperto alla procreazione.
La coalizione del premier in pectore Romano Prodi ha promesso alcune forme di riconoscimento delle coppie non sposate, ma non ha dato il proprio sostegno al matrimonio tra gay nel suo programma.
Tuttavia, alcuni partiti della coalizione sostengono i diritti degli omosessuali, tra cui il matrimonio.
Franco Grillini, deputato dell'Ulivo apertamente gay, ha accusato il Papa di cercare di "scrivere l'agenda politica" e di "ignorare i diritti di milioni di italiani che vivono insieme".
Vladimir Luxuria, il primo parlamentare "transgender" in Europa e eletto tra le fila di Rifondazione comunista, ha detto che lo stato laico dovrebbe "riconoscere e regolare" le unioni tra omosessuali.
Pope sparks new 'gay marriage' row
PaCS campaigners accuse him of political interference
(ANSA) - Rome, May 11 - Pope Benedict XVI provoked a political row in Italy on Thursday by reaffirming the Catholic Church's firm opposition to any form of 'gay marriage' .
Speaking to participants at an international congress in the Vatican on the family, the pope said marriage between men and women had a deep significance connected to procreation and the continuation of society .
"It is especially urgent today to avoid confusing it with other types of union based on a weaker love," he said .
Centre-left leader Romano Prodi has said his soon-to-be-formed government will provide some form of legal recognition for gay or unwed heterosexual couples .
Campaigners for these rights in the centre left accused the pontiff of interfering in national politics and objected strongly to his reference to "weaker love". "There is no hierarchy of feelings. Gay unions are not based on weak love," said Vladimir Luxuria, a former drag queen who has been elected as a Communist MP .
Franco Grillini, a leftwing MP who is a longstanding campaigner for gay rights, said he wanted Italy's legal structure to reflect the different sorts of families in the country today. "I would like to remind the pope that the family and relationships between people are changing" he said .
Arcigay, Italy's main gay rights association, said the pope's words were "an offence" for a large part of the population and accused Benedict of trying to dictate policy to the country's lawmakers .
Meanwhile, politicians in the centre-right alliance applauded the pope and said parliament would in any case decide independently what action to take on the issue .
Support for the pope came from all four parties in the centre-right coalition. MPs said it was important to uphold "natural law" and accused the centre left of showing disrespect for the Catholic Church .
Homosexual "marriages" are already legal in several European countries. Prodi and a large chunk of the centre left support legislation akin to France's Civil Solidarity Pact (PaCS), which grants cohabiting couples similar administrative and financial benefits as married ones .
Prodi, who is Catholic, has stressed that he has no intention of bringing in full gay marriages if he becomes premier next year. But he argues that some legal provision is needed for unmarried couples .
But Italy's top ranking cardinal, Camillo Ruini, says it makes no difference because any legal framework for same-sex couples is modelled on the institution of traditional marriage .
"Marriage reflects that form of love with which man and woman become one flesh, and realise an authentic communion of persons open to the transmission of life", Benedict said .
"Only the rock of total love between man and woman is capable of being a foundation for the building of a society which can become the home for all men" .
Pope attacks gay marriage, some politicians upset
Thu May 11, 2006 7:27 PM IST
By Philip Pullella
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict, speaking out on a topic that Italy's incoming centre-left government will likely have to confront, on Thursday condemned gay marriage and legal recognition of unwed couples.
The 79-year-old German Pope immediately came under fire from some leftists who accused him of trying to write the country's political agenda.
The Pope, speaking to a conference on marriage and the family, reaffirmed the Church's position that marriage had to be a union between a man and a woman and open to procreation.
"Only the rock of total and irrevocable love between a man and a woman is capable of being the foundation of building a society that becomes a home for all mankind," he said.
He told the group that marriage was between a man and a woman "who are open to the transmission of life and thus cooperate with God in the generation of new human beings".
The coalition of incoming Prime Minister Romano Prodi promises some form of recognition for unmarried couples but has stopped short of openly supporting gay marriage as part of its programme.
However, some coalition parties back greater rights for homosexuals, including marriage, and the issue is widely expected to surface sooner or later after the government is sworn in next week.
Franco Grillini, a leftist parliamentarian who is openly gay, accused the Pope of trying "to write a political agenda" and of "ignoring the rights of million of Italians who live together".
Vladimir Luxuria, Europe's first "transgender" lawmaker and a member of Prodi's coalition, went further in criticising the Pope, saying it was the duty of a lay state to "recognise and regulate" homosexual unions.
Italy's Catholic Church has already served notice to the centre left that it will fight any move to recognise civil partnership for unwed heterosexual couples and gay couples.
Some in the centre left support a legal recognition similar to that in France, which in 1999 granted all couples the right to form civil unions and have the right to joint social security, limited inheritance rights and other benefits.
But in his address, the Pope took direct aim at such formal recognition of couple who are not married.
"Today, it has become urgent to avoid confusion between (marriage) and other types of unions which are based on a love that is weak," he said.
Luxuria, the leftist parliamentarian, criticised the Pope for suggesting that gay love was weaker than heterosexual love.
Gay unions are already legal in several European countries, including traditionally Catholic Spain. Britain has introduced a law allowing gays to formalise their relationships.
Pope Condemns Same-Sex Unions, Calls Gay Love `Weak' (Update1)
May 11 (Bloomberg) -- Pope Benedict XVI denounced gay marriage, describing love between people of the same sex as ``weak.''
``Only the foundation of complete and irrevocable love between man and woman is capable of forming the basis of a society that becomes the home of all men,'' Benedict told a convention of the John Paul II Pontifical Institute today. The pope said ``confusing marriage with other types of unions based on a love that is weak'' should be avoided.
The 79-year-old Benedict has weighed in on issues such as gay unions, abortion pills and embryonic stem-cell research since his election as pontiff more than a year ago. Still, more than 71 percent of Italians are favorable to gay civil unions such as those allowed in the U.K., Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium, according to a January report by research group Eurispes.
While the 1929 Lateran Treaty outlines the separation of church and state in Italy, about 43 percent of Italians believe the pope has meddled excessively in politics, according to the Eurispes report, published Jan. 17. While Italians identify themselves ``culturally'' as Catholics, their beliefs contrast with church doctrine, according to the report, based on the research institute's Dec. 22-Jan. 5 interviews with 1,070 people.
``When the pope speaks of `weak love' regarding millions of men and women, it's no longer surprising at the level of interference but at the much deeper level of a real lack of charity,'' said Daniele Capezzone, an official in the Radical Party, according to news agency Ansa.
The Pontiff plans to travel this month to Poland, the homeland of his predecessor, to pay tribute to John Paul II, who died last April. Poland's government today risked sparking protests over its social policies after the deputy chairman of a coalition party branded homosexuality a ``disease'' and attacked plans for gay-rights parades in Warsaw next month.
Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Canada, don't distinguish between gay and heterosexual weddings, while the U.K. allows civil partnerships that aren't legal marriages. In the U.S., gay weddings or civil unions are only permitted in certain states, including Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont.
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Sheyam Ghieth in Rome at email@example.com
Last Updated: May 11, 2006 11:57 EDT