Same-Sex Civil Unions in Italy: Historical Betrayal by Catholics

The Historical Betrayal by Catholics

Roberto de Mattei
Corrispondenza Romana
March 2nd 2016
The approval of homosexual pseudo-marriage in the Senate on February 25th 2016, with 173 in favor, 71 against and 76 abstentions is the last stage in the process of dissolution of Italian society which began with the introduction of divorce (1970), then the legalization of abortion (1978) and has as its next, imminent step, the legalization of euthanasia. With that in mind, we understand the exaltation of the secular press: “In the long and tortuous history of sexual liberation in Italy – writes Francesco Merlo in “La Repubblica”, February 26th – this law has the same epochal importance as the law on divorce and the law that regulates abortion.”
     What these three events have in common is an act of betrayal committed by men in Catholic government. Divorce passed under a centre-left government presided over by the Christian Democrat, Emilio Colombo. Abortion was passed by a Christian Democrat government, presided over by Giulio Andreotti. The Christian Democrats were brought down, yet the principal figures responsible for this new law, Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi and the Minister for Internal Affairs, Angelino Alfano depict themselves as practicing Catholics just like Colombo and Andreotti.
     If Minster Alfano had threatened to resign he would have made the passing of this law impossible (or at least would have had it deferred). However, the Sicilian politician preferred to act like Andreotti, who wrote in his diary on January 27th 1977: “Session in Montecitorio for the vote on abortion. Passes with 310 in favor and 296 against.

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