The question of civil unions – and by extension the problem with the Cirinnà bill, which has sparked debate in Italy in recent times – cannot be defined as a ‘‘Catholic topic’’. One can be secularly opposed to this law because it opens a series of scenarios one cannot share and because it is not well designed. On the question of surrogate motherhood, for instanceone does not have to be Catholic to say that it is wrong. The same is true for stepchild adoption: one does not have to go to church to understand that it has not been designed to protect the weakest – the child in this case – but the adult.
It does not matter whether one looks at this bill from a Catholic or a lay standpoint: it is wrong and requires rewriting. Many people agree on this point, also some politics, even from the Democratic Party.
We need to overcome the dynamics of conflict between secularists and Catholics because they are false and misleading. We try to talk to everyone, to make people think.
The meeting at the Senate was organized precisely because while there is an ideological debate going and does not seem to lead anywhere, we have tried to interview experts: associations with a significant experience because they meet and give answers to many children and families on the issue of foster care and adoption every day, every year. What we have tried to explain, is that we cannot transform a child from being the beneficiary of a “right” into the object of the rights of the adults. This point must be clear.
Another difficult point in the bill is that it equates homosexual civil union and marriage, which triggers considerations on its unconstitutionality, because it refers to the Articles 143, 144 and 147 of the Italian Civil Code. In a way, we are telling those who are civilly married that it would have been enough to wait for this law to obtain the same rights, while having less duties.
Apart from the manifestation, which is going to take place on January 30, however, I would like there to be the same enthusiasm, the same participation, the same desire to change things also from 31 January onwards. It is important to try to raise the level of the debate, not only through opposition; the family day will be an opportunity to raise some issues that have to do with the future of the family in Italy. Because, unfortunately, we have to admit it: with or without the Cirinnà bill, the situation regarding the families is shameful in Italy.
Gigi De Palo