An Italian pro-family group has published an open letter appealing to Pope Francis to speak out about ‘homophobia laws’ passed in the Chamber of Deputies last month that could see the banning of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the arrest and imprisonment of Catholics who teach paragraphs 2357-2359. The appeal to Pope Francis states:
‘“We fear the penalty (up to 1 year and 6 months of imprisonment!) for advocating in public what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says on homosexuality,” the letter continued. This includes the Catholic doctrine that “Sacred Scripture… presents homosexual relationships as a serious depravity” and that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered” and “under no circumstances may they be approved.”
The pro-family group appeal directly to Pope Francis to challenge laws that would punish Catholics for upholding the faith:
‘The group appeals to Pope Francis, “moved by our trust that we will receive a response on a matter of utmost importance” and “encouraged by the fact that his Holiness has often shown himself to be attentive to the demands of more ‘small’ church members.”
For all these reasons we humbly ask you, indeed, we beg you to take a strong public position against this Bill, proportionate to the seriousness and the public nature of the problem,” the letter concludes.
“The faithful have already been hearing from different parts of the Church their voice of protest but they need the voice of their Shepherd. Only you, Holy Father, can shake the conscience of the faithful, Catholic politicians and public opinion in general, to stop this law which threatens to trample the most basic freedoms and will be used to bring changes increasingly harmful to the natural order in our beloved homeland.”
LifeSite News reports:
‘The letter states that the bill “threatens to severely restrict freedom of expression and association, especially of Catholics, and if approved, would become the springboard for further legislation detrimental to natural law, such as the legalization of so-called ‘same-sex marriage’ and adoptions by homosexual couples.”
The bill would punish with imprisonment up to one year and 6 months or a fine of up to €6,000 anyone guilty of “instigating to commit or who commits acts of discrimination for reasons … based on homophobia or transphobia.”
The law could also restrict the rights of groups and individuals dedicated to helping homosexuals to “come out of the [homosexual] state,” a state they said that “is not only morally, but also psychologically negative.” Members of such groups could face prison terms up to 6 years, they noted.
The group quotes one of the bill’s promoters, Deputy Ivan Scalfarotto, who said in an interview on August 26th that the debate on homophobia “does not dismiss that on gay marriages,” but indeed, “precedes it.” “Because they are two different things. And one is logically prior to the other,” he said. They point out that on March 15, 2013 two bills were presented for consideration, one against “homophobia” to the Deputies, and another to the Senate proposing “provisions on equality in access to marriage on the part of couples formed by persons of the same sex.”
Protect the Pope comment: Only last week it was made public that Pope Francis hand wrote a reply to a letter sent to him by the homosexual advocacy group Kairos of Florence. We all look forward to reading the Holy Father’s response to this letter from Catholics faithful to the teaching of the Church concerned that teaching the Catechism of the Catholic Church could result in imprisonment for up to one year and 6 months or with a fine of up to €6,000.