British Bill Violates Liberty, Says Bishop

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VATICAN CITY, FEB. 20, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Bishop Elio Sgreccia said that legislation forcing Catholic adoption agencies to offer their services to homosexual couples is contrary to liberty.



The president of the Pontifical Academy for Life explained this to journalists at a press conference today to present the upcoming international congress "Conscience in Support of the Right to Life."

A reporter asked the bishop to comment on the Equality Act, a draft law designed to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

"I think that conscientious objection is fully justified and I would be surprised if a nation, such as Great Britain, usually considered as the homeland of fundamental liberties, would deny at least on one occasion recognition of this objection," affirmed Bishop Sgreccia.

"I hope this won't take place," he said, "or that, in any case, it will trigger an appeal before the Court of Human Rights, an agency of international justice before which appeals can be presented against a state that violates the rights guaranteed by the convention that safeguards the rights of man."