Earthquakes – Punishment for S/S Unions?

Vatican outrage – earthquakes not “God’s punishment for same sex unions”

Vatican outrage has condemned a Dominican Friar’s statement that the recent Italian earthquake sequence was a punishment from God for same sex unions.Same sex unions became legal in Italy last month.

Friar Giovanni Cavalcali said the disasters are a result of original sin.

In his view they are a “divine punishment” for “the offence to the family and the dignity of marriage, in particular through civil unions”.His comments on Italy’s Radio Maria were swiftly condemned by the Vatican.

Hundreds of people died as a result of the quakes and thousands were badly injured in the 30 October event.It is the third severe earthquake to strike Italy this year and was the worst shake for 36 years.

The Vatican says Cavalcali’s comments saying the notion of a vengeful God is a pagan, pre-Christian idea.

“These remarks are offensive for believers and scandalous for non-believers,” Deputy Secretary of State Archbishop Angelo Becciu was quoted as saying by Italian media.

“Christ has revealed to us the face of a God of love, not a capricious vindictive face. That is a pagan vision, not a Christian vision,” he added.

Radio Maria is known to be ultra conservative. Becciu says it has come under criticism in the past for comments seen as anti-Semitic.

He says it must “moderate the tone of its language” and conform to the Church’s message of mercy.

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Lest Readers here should think that only conservative Anglicans would atrtribute the recent earthquakes in Italy as being Divine Retribution for Same Sex Marriage; here is one example of this being soundly refuted by no less and authority than the Vatican:

The Vatican says Cavalcali’s comments saying the notion of a vengeful God is a pagan, pre-Christian idea. “These remarks are offensive for believers and scandalous for non-believers,” Deputy Secretary of State Archbishop Angelo Becciu was quoted as saying by Italian media.

“Christ has revealed to us the face of a God of love, not a capricious vindictive face. That is a pagan vision, not a Christian vision,” he added.

Thus, The Vatican, for all its conservatism, is stating the truth about ‘natural disasters’. They are not – as some Christians are prone to see them – the result of God’s angry judgement on presumed sins of humanity. They are part of the natural order of Creation. This reality is in line with the Scriptural comment that “God’s rain fall on the just and the unjust”.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

 

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About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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