THE VATICAN has issued a new condemnation of homosexuality, following a proposal to take a census in Rome of gay couples who are living together.
Theologian Gino Concern writes in the Vatican daily, L'Osservatore Romano, that Rome City Government cannot morally consider a gay couple "a family nucleus".
Their status cannot be raised to the level of "institutional dignity", the paper went on, describing the proposal as "disconcerting". Also to be banned from any new civic register in Rome are couples who are cohabiting outside marriage. "Cohabitation, whether homosexual or heterosexual, cannot be raised to the level of institutional dignity. Even less can it be guaranteed by rights as proper to the institution of the family," the theologian wrote.
The Italian gay rights group has protested that the Vatican is becoming "homophobic", and claims that the Church has condemned homosexuality on 10 occasions in the past year.
The article's tone is in stark contrast to the 1986 words of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which stated: "The Church provides a badly needed context for the care of the human person when She refuses to consider the person as heterosexual or homosexual, and insists that every person has a fundamental identity."