Vatican steps into row over J'lem Gay Pride Parade

'Post' learns diplomatic note issued to gov't relaying Vatican's "profound disapproval" of the "so-called demonstration of homosexual pride."

By GEORGE CONGER
November 10, 2006 10:01
1 minute read.
Vatican steps into row over J'lem Gay Pride Parade

pope serious 298.88 ap. (photo credit: AP)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

The Vatican stepped into the row over Jerusalem's Gay Pride Parade last week, issuing a diplomatic d marche, or note asking the government to intervene and cancel the parade, the Jerusalem Post learned. The note relayed the Vatican's "profound disapproval" of the "so-called demonstration of homosexual pride" as it "constitutes a grave affront to the sentiments of millions of Jewish, Muslim and Christian believers" the Vatican's press office stated. On Wednesday, the Vatican's ambassador to Israel, the Apostolic Nunciature, delivered the note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs asking it to "exert all its influence" to cancel the parade "as a mark of respect for the religious sentiments of all those who venerate the Holy City." The Vatican's note came in response to a direct plea made last week by Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar to Pope Benedict XVI for his support. The note stated that while the Vatican endorsed the "right to freedom of expression", there were limits to these rights, "in particular when the exercise of this right would offend the religious sentiments of believers. It is clear that the Gay Parade scheduled to take place in Jerusalem will prove offensive to the great majority of Jews, Muslims and Christians, given the sacred character of the City of Jerusalem." In 2004 the Vatican's Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel issued a joint statement on Jerusalem, calling for "all relevant authorities" to respect the city's "sacred character" and "prevent immodest parades and any overt actions which offend the sensibilities of religious communities that reside in Jerusalem and hold her dear." The Roman Catholic Church hoped the government would intervene as "on previous occasions religious values have been systematically offended" by gay activists, the Vatican's press office explained.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

The logo of Volvo is seen on the front grill of a Volvo truck in a customer showroom at the company'
September 24, 2018
Volvo halts Iran truck assembly due to U.S. sanctions

By REUTERS