The new head of the Italian bishops conference has made political waves by asking on what basis may incest and pedophilia be denied if Italy legalizes same-sex unions and other alternatives to the family.
Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa, who was appointed last month to lead the Italian Bishops Conference, is spearheading efforts of the Catholic Church in Italy against legislation giving unmarried unions - including same-sex ones - legal status and benefits.
"Why say 'no' to forms of legally recognised co-habitation which create alternatives to the family? Why say 'no' to incest?" the Archbishop said at a meeting of Church workers, according to the Italian journal, La Repubblica.
"Why say 'no' to the pedophile party in Holland?" Bagnasco stated, referring to the Dutch Brotherly Love, Freedom and Diversity party, which lobbies to reduce the age of consent from 16 to 12 and legalize child pornography.