troubling that in some Italian regions laws are being considered or
have already been approved that put marriage and civil unions on the
same level,” the cardinal warned during opening remarks for a meeting
of the executive committee of the Conference.
He said the
bishops would not “take sides with any political group” but that they
would fulfill their duty to remind Catholics, voters and candidates of
“the unrenounceable principles that must guide their policies.”
principles are “respect for human life from the moment of conception
until natural death, support for the legitimate family founded upon
marriage and in particular upon its duty to bring forth and educate
children.” Politicians, he continued, have a responsibility to
reject laws that would seriously compromise the importance and role of
cardinal called on Catholics to fully participate in political life and
avoid creating “a cultural diaspora” which would result in the social
teaching of the Church receiving less attention in the political world.
president of the Bishops’ Conference of Italy, Cardinal Camillo Ruini,
called on political candidates this week to defend life and the family
and to reject the legalization of homosexual civil unions.