The debate around the DDL Zan, the law against homotransphobia, is a source of clash in politics and beyond, even among ordinary people. The discussion is generating various reactions, including strong ones like that of Francesca Pascale, who has always fought in favor of civil rights.
The former partner of Silvio Berlusconi commented on the diplomatic note of the Vatican state that last June 17 asked the government to partially modify the law. According to the Vatican, some points of the bill would be detrimental to the “freedom guaranteed to the church and its faithful” constituting a de facto violation of the notorious ‘concordat’ of which so much has been said. The concordat is nothing more than the document that establishes the relationship between the Italian state and the Catholic Church.
Pascale doesn’t fit in and as a demonstration, taken from an interview with Repubblica she states:
The intervention of the Church has an important weight and a political part uses it instrumentally as an alibi. I started the paperwork to get involved. I am a believer, I would like it to be clear. But next to the apostolic Church there is another part that is divided between homophobia and silence on pedophilia. I don’t like a Church that discriminates.
This is how he explains his gesture:
The sbattezzo is for me an act against that Church that forgets the Gospel and engages in political interference. The Vatican should make a revolution if it does not want to lose faithful. The other thing I regret is that we think the interested parties, homosexuals, should vote in favor of the DDL Zan. This is a law that all decent people must vote for.
Berlusconi did not take Francesca Pascale’s position well, which reveals:
Berlusconi is angry with me for the position on the Zan bill and because I go to Pride. He asks me: why? I answer him: because I believe in it. This time I disagree with him and I hope he changes his mind.
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