Italian priest blames earthquakes on gay unions

Italian priest blames earthquakes on gay unions

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Hundreds of buildings were destroyed after Italy was struck by a 6.6-magnitude quake -- the most powerful to hit the country in 36 years -- on October 30 © Provided by AFP Hundreds of buildings were destroyed after Italy was struck by a 6.6-magnitude quake — the most powerful to hit the country in 36 years — on October 30

An Italian priest has said the recent earthquakes that have shaken the country, killing hundreds and leaving tens of thousands homeless, were “divine punishment” for gay civil unions, earning the Vatican’s wrath.

Father Giovanni Cavalcoli, a theologian known for his hard-line views, made the comments on October 30, the day central Italy was struck by a 6.6-magnitude quake — the most powerful to hit the country in 36 years — according to Italian media.

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

Italy quake aftermath: Map of Italy showing zones most at risk of earthquakes. © Provided by AFP Map of Italy showing zones most at risk of earthquakes. Cavalcoli said on Radio Maria that the seismic shocks were “divine punishment” for “the offence to the family and the dignity of marriage, in particular through civil unions”.

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The radio station distanced itself from his views and late Friday the Vatican issued a stinging rebuke, saying the idea of a vengeful God was “a pagan vision” dating from “the pre-Christian era”.

Archbishop Angelo Becciu, number two in the Vatican’s powerful Secretariat of State, said Cavalcoli’s comments were “offensive to believers and disgraceful for non-believers”, in remarks reported by Italian media.

Becciu asked for forgiveness from quake victims and reminded them they had the “solidarity and support” of Pope Francis.

But Cavalcoli has refused to back down, insisting to another radio station that earthquakes are indeed caused by “the sins of man” and telling the Vatican to “read their catechism”.

Legislation allowing gay civil unions in Italy only took effect last month, making it the last country in Western Europe to legally recognise same-sex relationships.

New Italy quake sows terror, devastates historic buildings © Provided by AFP New Italy quake sows terror, devastates historic buildings

One thought on “Italian priest blames earthquakes on gay unions

  1. Father Giovanni Cavalcoli may have an opinion, based on his interpretation of the Roman Catholic teachings, the [problem is that he is nothing more then just a simple priest, a human being with no other state or position then any other human being!
    He is a sinner, by definition, as a human being, and only the Pope can speak on behalf of God, or so at least the teachings of the Roman Catholic church tells us!

    Father Giovanni Cavalcoli should do better to fall down on his knees and start praying till his breath stops, and his God takes him with him, up there were Father Giovanni Cavalcoli no doubt will be beheaded by God himself for his stupid unchristian remarks!

    And while Father Giovanni Cavalcoli is still on earth, he should perhaps be checking out his own sins, who he has insulted, who he has treated unchristian and what he has done when nobody looked, and only God watched!

    Putting blame on human beings for something natural is sickening, putting blame on a specific group of human beings is not only more sickening, it is un-Christian as by doing so it showing contempt for the creation of God, as according to also the Roman Catholic church, God has created all and everything, and thus created homosexual people also!

    Putting blame on innocent people for something that they have and hold no responsibility at all is, to say the least, hateful!
    By putting the blame on gay people and their right to marry Father Giovanni Cavalcoli shows a contempt for God’s creations, is thus in contempt of the Roman Catholic Church’s principles and doctrines, and according to Canon law, Father Giovanni Cavalcoli must be thrown out of the Roman Catholic Church!

    By making statements and claims opposite to the doctrines and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church Father Giovanni Cavalcoli has committed a serious crime, and must be punished for that!

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