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Archbishop of Genoa: How would you feel if we swapped Gay with Catholic

In a speech published this week by the Italian bishops’ newspaper Avvenire, Archbishop of Genoa Angelo Bagnasco slammed the recently announced Italian government pamphlets in schools aiming to teach children about love and diversity.  The anti-homophobia campaign follows a series of high profile murders and suicides among young people in Italy. (source.)

[Cardinal Bagnasco] wants parents to fight schools’ efforts to prevent anti-gay bullying, saying they are ‘brainwashing’ kids into being LGBTI friendly….Bagnasco likened anti-homophobia state education in Italy to a totalitarian dictatorship.  He also said the efforts were turning schools into ‘indoctrination and re-education camps’.

But this solution to ‘homophobic bullying’, Bagnasco says, is in fact designed to brainwash children to have ‘preconceptions against the family, parenthood, religious faith and the difference between fathers and mothers.’  The cardinal has urged parents to take a stand and not be ‘intimidated’.

‘Parents must defend their children against gender ideology,’ he insisted. ‘It is a grave duty of society – at all levels and forms – not to corrupt the youth with ideas and examples that no father and mother would want for their children.’- SOURCE:emphasis mine.

Couple of things.  First, I’m quoting a newspaper that is in all likelihood translating what the cardinal said in Italian into English so there might be room for good old Miss Interpretation.  Second, while I haven’t fully researched or looked into this issue it strikes me odd that an Archbishop cares about what the government run schools do.  I get that in Italy it might be a different sack of potatoes with regard to the whole separation of Church and State and there might be more at stake here.  Hopefully not-so-new Pope Francis send this guy a text message asking him to focus on more important things like  making The Church a merciful, more welcoming place for all.

Finally, when I first read the article I decided that some mental masturbation and fantasy foreplay was in order.  What if we substituted gay for catholic (or any other non-protected class of people that share a similar characteristic or common denominator  i.e. blondes, lawyers or even biker gnomes).  It might be interesting to read the story that way.

So below is my edited version of the above quote. Note: I did my best to take the original story and simply search and replace “gay” with “catholic”. To make the quote cohesive, I had to make a few more modifications that should not detract from the overall point of this post.

Secular Authorities want parents to fight schools’ efforts to prevent anti-catholic bullying, saying they are ‘brainwashing’ kids into being Religion friendly….Secular Authorities likened anti-Catholicophobia state education in Italy to a totalitarian dictatorship, adding that the efforts were turning schools into ‘indoctrination and re-education camps’.

But this solution to ‘Catholicophobia bullying’, is in fact designed to brainwash children to have ‘preconceptions against the family, parenthood, secular faith and the difference between fathers and mothers.’ The secular leaders have urged parents to take a stand and not be ‘intimidated’.

‘Parents must defend their children against anti-agnostic ideology,’ they insisted. ‘It is a grave duty of society – at all levels and forms – not to corrupt the youth with ideas and examples that no father and mother would want for their children.

Yeah, I’m probably going to get excommunicated for this.
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