Monday, December 25, 2023

Controversy in Italy


Nativity scene deviates from tradition with two mothers of the Baby Jesus. CREDIT: CIRO DE LUCA/REUTERS

 Unconventional Nativity Scene Sparks Controversy in Italy

In a quaint hamlet near Naples, Italy, the Church of Saints Peter and Paul has become the centre of a heated debate as its nativity scene deviates from tradition, featuring two mothers of the Baby Jesus instead of the customary Mary and Joseph.

The unconventional display, curated by Parish priest Father Vitaliano Della Sala, aims to reflect the diversity of modern families. Father Della Sala defends the portrayal, stating, "I wanted to show with this scene that families are no longer just the traditional ones." He emphasizes the evolving nature of families in society, including children from separated and divorced parents, gay couples, single individuals, and young mothers.

This departure from the conventional nativity scene has ignited anger in Italy, a predominantly Catholic country where nativity scenes hold cultural significance. The controversy is indicative of ongoing culture wars as the country undergoes increased secularization and embraces multiculturalism.

Father Della Sala, known for his alignment with LGBT and left-wing causes, asserts that his stance is in line with Pope Francis's recent groundbreaking decision allowing priests to bless same-sex couples. However, Senator Maurizio Gasparri of the Forza Italia party criticizes the LGBT-themed nativity scene, claiming it "offends all those who always had respect and devotion for the Holy Family."

The Pro-Vita & Famiglia (Pro-Life and Family) group has launched an online petition urging the Bishop of Avellino to intervene, garnering over 21,000 signatures. The group argues that the nativity scene contradicts the Church's teachings on the family and legitimizes same-sex parenting and surrogacy, despite surrogacy being illegal in Italy.

In the midst of the controversy, Italy's parliament is actively discussing legislation that would criminalize surrogacy, including penalties for couples seeking the practice abroad. Additionally, a proposal from Senator Giorgia Meloni's Brothers of Italy party aims to protect Catholic-themed activities in schools, preventing school directors from halting events such as Christmas plays and nativity scenes. The unfolding situation highlights the intersection of religious tradition, evolving societal norms, and legislative considerations in Italy.

Pigeon Post News, Richmond.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting this Ray. Can only imagine the upset in parts of this very catholic country.


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