Vatican newspaper compares marriage equality to communism
The latest salvo came on Monday (Dec. 17), with a front-page article in the Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano.
Historian Lucetta Scaraffia compared proponents of gay marriage, with their championing of “marriage equality,” to 20th-century communists who wooed millions with their promise of perfect social and economical equality.
Scaraffia, a 64-year-old former feminist activist who later became a fervent Catholic, has often written in the Vatican newspaper on the issue.
For her, the idea of gay marriage is a product of the same “egalitarian utopia that did so much damage during the 20th century … deceiving humanity as socialism did in the past.”
In November, voters approved gay marriage in three U.S. states, while Spain’s Constitutional Court rejected a bid to repeal the country’s same-sex marriage law. France and Britain are in the process of legalizing gay marriage.
The church has lobbied hard in all these countries. But it has also tried to present its position in a nonreligious way, as a defense of traditional family that can be embraced by believers and nonbelievers alike.
Particularly in France, church leaders say that their opposition to gay marriage is winning favor outside Catholic circles.
Last month, tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest the government’s planned introduction of gay marriage. “Our demonstration was declaredly non-confessional,” said Paris Archbishop Andre Vingt-Trois, who noted the participation of Jewish and Muslim groups.
This approach mirrors Pope Benedict XVI’s on the issue.
In his yearly message on peace, released on Dec. 14, he said that protecting traditional marriage from “attempts to make it juridically equivalent to radically different types of unions” is not a faith issue.
Marriage’s “indispensable role in society” is “inscribed in human nature itself” and “common to all humanity,” he wrote. Therefore, the church’s efforts to protect it are not “confessional in character, but addressed to all people, whatever their religious affiliation.” [More]