Vatican tells U.N. that critics of gays under attack

March 22, 2011
Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican/Tom Heneghan

Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican/Tom Heneghan

People who criticise gay sexual relations for religious or moral reasons are increasingly being attacked and vilified for their views, a Vatican diplomat told the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday.

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said the Roman Catholic Church deeply believed that human sexuality was a gift reserved for married heterosexual couples. But those who express these views are faced with “a disturbing trend,” he said.

“People are being attacked for taking positions that do not support sexual behaviour between people of the same sex,” he told the current session of the Human Rights Council.

“When they express their moral beliefs or beliefs about human nature … they are stigmatised, and worse — they are vilified, and prosecuted.

“These attacks are violations of fundamental human rights and cannot be justified under any circumstances,” Tomasi said.

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People are being “attacked” for expressing anti-gay sentiments? Seriously? Does calling someone a bigot qualify as an “attack”?

Posted by Scott-K | Report as abusive

If that isn’t the biggest bag of BS, I don’t know what is. The Vatican and the Catholic church are playing the victims now? The real victims are molested children, women AND gays. I would love to know Who has prosecuted and why.

Posted by 3bladerunner | Report as abusive

Really? Violations of their fundamental rights? What about the fundamental rights of gays to marry, or adopt children. What about their rights against discrimination? He says there’s a consensus between societies to certain kinds of sexual behavior that must be forbidden by law including pedophilia and incest. What a feeble attempt to demonize gays by associating these crimes as if they’re the ones committing them.

Posted by mildred | Report as abusive

It appears to me that the Vatican has put itself in a difficult positoon. If it insists that pedophiles are gay, and continues to discover pedophiles in the priesthood – qite a few of them, then it must be hiring gay priests. Maybe there is a test for gayness they can administer. However since there is no evidence whatsoever that pedophiles are gay, they might do better to take a look at their own organisation before blaming homosexuals who are no different in their range of behaviours than any other group – and the vatican ought to know that pedophilia is more about power and inability to relate to one’s peers sexually than it is about homo- or heterosexuality. As to abusive behaviour – well who better to recognise that than the vatican?

Posted by edithmaud | Report as abusive

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