The Holy See is warning about the controversial bill on so-called homophobia being passed in Italy. The head of papal diplomacy, Bishop Paul Gallagher, submitted a note verbale to the local State Department. According to the Vatican, the adoption of the so-called Zahn Law would violate the Convention’s revision convention.
The Italian media draws attention to the unprecedented nature of this move by the diplomacy of the Vatican. Its meaning was explained to Vatican Radio by Prof. Cesare Mirabelli, former president of the Italian Constitutional Court.
Agreeing to revise the charters gives the church rights already guaranteed by the constitution itself. It is just a promotion of constitutional rights. In particular, it concerns the freedom to teach, the freedom to exercise the teaching function in the Church, and the freedom to express one’s thoughts by word, writing and by other means. These freedoms are somewhat threatened by the new Zhan bill – says the professor. Mirabile.
He explains that “it is not about questioning the protection of certain categories of people, because it is a political choice in which the state is entitled” or “to interfere with the passage of the law, but a warning that certain aspects of the law may be harmful and conflict with the obligations of the state.”
The law was prepared by Italian MP Alessandro Zan. The draft provides for changes to the Penal Code and the expansion of the category of crimes based on racial, ethnic or religious discrimination. The law includes gays, women and the disabled.
The law’s “fragile state of vulnerability,” which currently refers to racial hatred, will be expanded to include a motive based on “gender, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Some speculate that the law may provide an excuse to sue members of the Catholic Church for preaching.
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