Geneva, Switzerland, Mar 22, 2011 / 04:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican representative to the United Nations spoke out today against “attacks” on freedom of conscience and religion, directed against Catholics and others who hold traditional beliefs about sexual morality and human nature.
Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi [pictured at right] spoke out in a March 22 meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council, calling attention to what he described as a “disturbing trend” in debates over social life and human rights.
“People are being attacked for taking positions that do not support sexual behavior between people of the same sex,” Archbishop Tomasi told the council.
“When they express their moral beliefs or beliefs about human nature, which may also be expressions of religious convictions, or state opinions about scientific claims, they are stigmatized, and worse – they are vilified, and prosecuted.” [Neo Nazis!]
The archbishop stated that these attempts to silence Catholics, and other critics of homosexual practice, were a human rights violation according to the council's own standards. [maybe it would be good for the archbishop to know that there are "Catholic" priests and nuns who would call for "tolerance" and '"dialogue" with these groups who attack the Church. What they actually mean is we compromise our beliefs so there would be..peace. *belch*]
“These attacks contradict the fundamental principles announced in three of the Council’s resolutions of this session,” he pointed out.
“The truth is, these attacks are violations of fundamental human rights, and cannot be justified under any circumstances.”
The archbishop's remarks came as the council revisited the subject of “sexual orientation” as a human right, a subject that has caused tension between the Vatican and the U.N. in the past. [true right you are!]
Church officials do not support the criminalization of homosexual activity. [See that Señora Celdran?] However, they fear that the concept of a universal right to “sexual orientation,” under certain interpretations, could lead to international action against Christians and others who regard homosexual acts as immoral. [Sexual orientation per se is not bad. But if you act out that orientation and even demand that nature's law of copulation between two heterosexuals be an accepted norm and even be supported by the State! No! No! No!]
“There has been some unnecessary confusion about the meaning of the term 'sexual orientation,' as found in resolutions and other texts adopted within the U.N. human rights system,” Archbishop Tomasi noted in his March 22 remarks. [What I love to call "literary time bombs", terms that are open to a LOT of interpretations. Sounds like how Modernists are working in the Church, right?]
But he pointed out that the term “sexual orientation” refers properly to “feelings and thoughts, not to behavior” – a distinction he said was especially important to make, in order to avoid the complete deregulation of all sexual behavior.
“For the purposes of human rights law, there is a critical difference between feelings and thoughts, on the one hand, and behavior, on the other,” Archbishop Tomasi explained.
“A state should never punish a person, or deprive a person of the enjoyment of any human right, based just on the person’s feelings and thoughts, including sexual thoughts and feelings.”
“But states can, and must, regulate behaviors, including various sexual behaviors. Throughout the world, there is a consensus between societies that certain kinds of sexual behaviors must be forbidden by law. Pedophilia and incest are two examples.”
While countries should not attempt to regulate thoughts or feelings, he said, they must avoid regarding sexual behavior as something completely private, and not subject to any restriction. [Supporters of the Bill of Death, aka RH Bill always say that the Church should leave the couples in the privacy of their own bedrooms. Oh yeah? Then why women cry out for justice if they get beaten up by their abusive husbands in the privacy of their own bedrooms? The Church will never be dumb in issues of Faith and Morals. Get that!]
“Human sexuality, like any voluntary activity, possesses a moral dimension,” said the archbishop. [Great one!]
The Vatican representative explained that those who deny the voluntary and moral character of sexual acts – by treating them, instead, as inevitable expressions of an “orientation” – are actually undermining their own claims about human freedom and dignity.
Archbishop Tomasi also reiterated the Vatican's position on human sexuality – which the Catholic Church regards not only as an article of faith, but as a universal matter of natural law. [Even if theologians in MST and their lot think otherwise, the Church will not waver on this issue!]
“Human sexuality is a gift that is genuinely expressed in the complete and lifelong mutual devotion of a man and a woman in marriage,” he stated. [And that is why celibacy is both a sacrifice and a gift in order to achieve a greater good! Get that pro-married priest advocates!]
Remember the points raised by the archbishop!
The same rebuttal he uses is very useful especially against those pushing for the RH Bill. Remember that those who support this bill are either gay, lesbian, transexuals, radical feminists, Modernist "catholics" who hide under the veil and the cloak, Cafeteria "catholics" who attract attention to give a boost to their dying tour business, INC (yuck!), and plain bigots!
It is their hatred of the Catholic Church that drives them to push for their radical agenda. They do not reason based on reason. It is based on pure hatred for our Faith!