By Terry Vanderheyden

ROME, January 30, 2006 ( – Italian prelate, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the Pope’s Vicar for Rome, yesterday condemned a recent resolution passed by the European Union on homosexuals and same-sex “marriage,” calling the measure “profoundly wrong and full of negative consequences,” according to a Catholic Universe report.

Among other things, the resolution, passed January 18, calls for action against member states who fail to implement programs directed at fair treatment of homosexuals in employment and occupation, and to “ensure that same-sex partners enjoy the same respect, dignity and protection as the rest of society” throughout the EU.

Cardinal Ruini called the EU exploit a “moral pressure aimed at weakening the very cornerstones of our civilisation.” He added that the Catholic Church denounced “equating the rights of homosexual couples with those of true and legitimate families.”

The Cardinal, who is also head of the Italian Bishops Conference, condemned the “widespread tendency in many countries and also presently in Italy, as different signs show, to introduce norms that, while they do not respond to actual social needs, would compromise the value and functions of the legitimate family, founded on marriage, and the respect due to human life from conception to its natural end.”

Italy is preparing for national elections to take place April 9.

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