Peter (Dobbie) here with news of Europe Today on air 1700 GMT. Following on from the post below I wanted to let you know we’re discussing this news story on the show tonight as well.
We’ve been speaking to Rocco Buttiglione, an Italian MP, who’s very close to the Vaticans thinking on this. He has some very – er- forthright views. It’s a strong interview, and I’m sure you’ll find it thought provoking. Do let us know on ET what you think about this, or you can post here. Later )
********* Britain has an Equality Bill currently going through parliament.
The Government here says it’ll make this country a fairer place , protecting people from discrimination in the workplace and elsewhere.
The Pope doesn’t agree. He says :
“the effect of some of the legislation designed to achieve this goal has been to impose unjust limitations on the freedom of religious communities to act in accordance with their beliefs.”Ann Widdecombe – a Catholic Conservative MP – has also entered the discussion…
“This isn’t a debate about homosexuality, this is a debate about religious freedom.”
And another MP- also a Catholic but on the Government’s side, Stephen Hughes , hit back :
“I am appalled by the attitude of the Pope. Religious leaders should be trying to eradicate inequality, not perpetuate it. Instead of criticising the UK’s plans to improve its legislation, the Pope should ensure that ….(it)… is properly applied in the Vatican.”
So which should take precedent ? “natural” or religous law ? or the law of the land ?