Pope Benedict XVI embraces Cardinal Carlo Caffarra of Bologna, Italy, during a visit to the church of St. Catherine of Alexandria June 26, 2012, after it was damaged in a late-May earthquake in Rovereto di Novi, Italy.
The following statement by Cardinal Carlo Caffarra was released on July 1st (following a "gay
pride" parade in Bologna and remarks by the city's mayor) and has been translated for CWR by Alessandra Nucci:
ARCHDIOCESE of BOLOGNA - COMUNICATO
Cardinal Caffarra issued the following statement in
response to the words spoken by the Mayor of Bologna on the inevitability of an
eventual recognition of marriage and adoptions for homosexual couples in
The statement by the Mayor of Bologna regarding the
right of gay couples to marry and adopt children is so egregious that it
What the mayor has prophesied to be the inevitable
destiny of our country, to at last become civilized by recognizing the right of
homosexual couples to marry and adopt, is an impromptu comment which comes
cheap, since recognition doesn't depend on the mayor anyway.
But this does not lessen the seriousness of the
stand taken publicly by the
person who represents the entire city. Where do citizens who differ fit
in? What about those who, not out of a phobia, but prompted by motivated
reasoning, think that marriage is what has been defined as such from the dawn of
civilization? Or those who think that what must be of concern to us all is
not a right to adopt but the right of every child to have a father and a
Must these citizens, their culture and their
arguments, really be considered uncivilized and outside the bounds of
history, condemned to feeling like foreigners in their homeland, because they
can't keep up with this so-called progress?
Naturally there will be those who, mouthing
platitudes about the separation between Church and State (which is a much more
serious issue than this!), are bound to accuse us of wanting to impose a
religious doctrine. But this has nothing to do with either religion or parties:
this undermines the foundation of a civiization which is coextensive with the
world and as ancient as history itself; and perhaps there is not enough
awareness of how much is at stake.
To say that to society and to children it makes no
difference whether couples are homo or hetero is to deny something so obvious
that to have to explain it makes one want to cry. We have reached such a
dimming of reason that we seem to think that truth can be established by law,
such a blotting out of common good as to take one's every desire to be his/her
+ Carlo Card.
Archbishop of Bologna
July 1st, 2013