Italy earthquake divine punishment for same-sex unions – Catholic priest

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A catholic priest, Father Giovanni Cavalcoli has said that the earthquake that left hundreds of people dead and thousands homeless in Italy is a “divine punishment” for same-sex civil unions, which are “offending the family” and the “dignity of marriage.”

Cavalcoli said this on radio on the day central Italy was hit by a 6.6 quake, its worst in 36 years.

It was the third major quake in the same region in just over two months.

The radio where the priest made the comment, Radio Maria, has hurriedly distanced itself from his claim and the Vatican has hit out at the views, saying the idea of a vengeful God was “a pagan vision” dating from “the pre-Christian era.”

Cavalcoli’s view are in contrast with that of the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, who has in different occasions called on the Church to apologize to gays for all the offences it has committed against them, and accept them.

Meanwhile, Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the number two man in the Vatican’s powerful Secretariat of State, has described Cavalcoli’s comments as “offensive to believers and disgraceful for non-believers,” he asked the forgiveness of quake victims and told them they had the “solidarity and support of Pope Francis.”

Cavalcoli, however, insisted that earthquakes and other natural disasters were indeed caused by “the sins of man,” adding that the Vatican should “read their catechism.”

Italy became the last country in Western Europe to legalise same-sex relationship when the legislature passed into law the bill allowing gay civil partnerships last month.

Via Daily Post

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