Rome: Archbishop Under Police Guard After Gay Comment
Reuters reported today that:
Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa, the head of Italy’s bishops’ conference, was under police guard after “Shame on you Bagnasco” was spray-painted on the doors of his Cathedral of San Lorenzo over his comparison of gay rights to incest and pedophilia. He made the comments at a meeting of church workers over the weekend, according to a newspaper report. A police spokeswoman said the archbishop, who has been vocal in the Vatican’s campaign against a bill in the Italian Parliament that would grant rights to unmarried couples, including homosexuals, was being accompanied by a police escort. Last week, the bishops’ conference issued a directive ordering Catholic lawmakers to vote against the bill.