Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa has warned Italy not to liberalise its restrictive laws on issues such as embryonic research, euthanasia and gay marriage just to keep pace with the rest of Europe.
Cardinal Bagnasco, the head of the Italian Episcopal Conference
(CEI), told fellow bishops on Monday that the country - which will elect
a new Government in three weeks' time - should continue to defend the
so-called "non-negotiable" moral and social principles the hierarchy has
"It's amazing to hear that plans are under way to move away from
[such principles] as a necessary step to ‘enter' fully into the advanced
Europe," the cardinal said.
But he said this would further move Italy
towards "nihilist secularism" and would mark an "anthropological and