Vatican archbishop walks back criticism of protest on anti-homophobia bill

ROME – After appearing to criticize the Vatican’s diplomatic objection to a proposed anti-homophobia law in Italy during a public event last week, Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life, has given several interviews in which he seems to walk back his critique and urges greater Church-State cooperation. Last week, Paglia, spoke on a panel for the Bepop! cultural event that was moderated by a journalist with Italy’s main broadcaster, Rai, during which he voiced criticism of both the anti-homophobia bill and the Vatican’s decision to formally intervene. Earlier this month, the Holy See issued a nota verbale, meaning a formal diplomatic communication, to the Italian government to object to the so-called “ddl Zan” – a bill currently before the Italian Senate which seeks to increase legal penalties for discrimination based on sexual orientation and to incorporate gender theory into school curricula.

Vatican archbishop walks back criticism of protest on anti-homophobia bill

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