When The Popa Speaks to Me, I Go to Rio!

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Today the  Holy See Press Office of the Vatican Information Service issued this official statement:

HOLY SEE: RESPONSE TO DECLARATION ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION

VATICAN CITY, 19 DEC 2008 (VIS) – Yesterday afternoon was made public the declaration of the delegation of the Holy See to the 63rd session of the UN General Assembly on the theme: “Human Rights Questions, Including Alternative Approaches for Improving the Effective Enjoyment of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.”

Archbishop Celestino Migliore affirmed that “the Holy See appreciates the attempts made in the ‘Declaration on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity’ – presented at the UN General Assembly on 18 December 2008 – to condemn all forms of violence against homosexual persons as well as urge States to take necessary measures to put an end to all criminal penalties against them.”

“At the same time, the Holy See notes that the wording of this Declaration goes well beyond the above-mentioned and shared intent.”

“In particular, the categories ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’, used in the text, find no recognition or clear and agreed definition in international law. If they had to be taken into consideration in the proclaiming and implementing of fundamental rights, these would create serious uncertainty in the law as well as undermine the ability of States to enter into and enforce new and existing human rights conventions and standards.”

“Despite the Declaration’s rightful condemnation of and protection from all forms of violence against homosexual persons, the document, when considered in its entirety, goes beyond this goal and instead gives rise to uncertainty in the law and challenges existing human rights norms,” the declaration emphasized. (Bold face provided free by The Daily Horse).

“The Holy See continues to advocate that every sign of unjust discrimination towards homosexual persons should be avoided and urges States to do away with criminal penalties against them.”

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3 Responses to When The Popa Speaks to Me, I Go to Rio!

  1. logophilos says:

    The Holy See continues to advocate that every sign of unjust discrimination towards homosexual persons

    You mean the same Holy See who said gay men – even celibate ones- were no longer allowed to become priests? Which, your Popeiness, is illegal in about three different ways where I come from.

  2. TT Thomas says:

    Uh-huh. And here’s something I found on one of the Vatican sites: an explanation of WHAT the Holy See actually is.

    THE HOLY FATHER
    The Roman Pontiff, as the successor of Peter, is the perpetual and visible principle and foundation of unity of both the bishops and of the faithful. 
LUMEN GENTIUM, 23

    Hmmm, perpetual and visible…unity. ::smacks self upside the head:: Oh for heaven’s sake, what am I thinking. As a recovering Catholic, I just remembered…the concept of Limbo explains it all. That’s where unbaptised babies go. Well, everyone in their place!

  3. Paul Bens says:

    Ooopsss…it did it again. Let’s see if this works.

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