Friday, January 4, 2008

Italian Bishops' Leader Backs Abortion Moratorum

Genoa, Jan. 4, 2008 ( - The president of the Italian bishops' conference has joined the ranks of supporters of a moratorium on abortion.

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa described the proposal for a moratorium as "a praiseworthy choice," the Italian daily Corriere della Sera reports.

Five members of parliament from the National Alliance party have thrown their support behind the moratorium proposal, the daily Il Giornale says. The lawmakers said that a “political party must not and can not remain indifferent” in the face of a critical moral debate. Also, a leader of the country’s Christian Democratic Party, Rocco Buttiglione, has endorsed the proposal. Buttiglione, an active Catholic philosopher and biographer of Pope John Paul II (bio - news), was the focal point of a major political controversy in 2004, when his nomination for a seat on the European Council was blocked because of his statements indicating a moral opposition to homosexuality. Buttiglione said that the opposition was tantamount to an "anti-Christian inquisition."

Meanwhile the man behind the moratorium proposal, journalist Giuliano Ferrara, has pressed his argument with the suggestion that Italians should "make love, not abortion." Ferrara, the editor of Il Foglio, originally proposed the moratorium as a means of encouraging broader public discussion about the morality of abortion.

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