Catholic teaching on homosexuality remains intolerant, backward, illiberal and morally questionable.Magnus Linklater, The Times, 24th January 2007
Well, we all have our own opinions on that. Personally, I think it's good that the Catholics have taken a stand over issues like homosexual adoption, wish the Church of England would do the same, and regard Linklater's list of adjectives as being merely ritualistic curses hurled by post-modernist liberals upon those with whom they are displeased. However, even those who agree with Linklater must surely acknowledge that the behaviour of homosexual activists in Italy shows his use of the word 'intolerant' to be a profound overstatement:
The archbishop of the Italian city of Genoa received a bullet in an envelope at his office. It was the latest threatening message for the prelate, who is leading a campaign against same-sex unions, Vatican Radio said Sunday in Vatican City.
The bullet arrived Friday at the office of Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, who was recently elected to head the politically influential Italian Bishops Conference, the radio report said. It quoted a Genoa newspaper as saying the envelope also contained a photo of the archbishop with a swastika cut into it.
Bodyguards stood a few yards from the altar in Genoa's cathedral Sunday as Bagnasco celebrated Mass. They were assigned to protect the archbishop a few weeks ago after graffiti was scrawled on buildings threatening him.
And yet somehow it's the archbishop who's the bigot, oppressing the poor homosexuals. Remind me, how many homosexuals has he threatened to kill recently?
(Hat-tip: Archbishop Cranmer; cross-posted at ATW)