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Why does this Vatican bishop include the rainbow in his coat of arms?

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Screenshot of www.vincenzopaglia.it. Screenshot of www.vincenzopaglia.it.
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Archbishop Paglia depicted in the painting he commissioned.
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The coat of arms of Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia

Update on March 17, 2017: Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia is a member of the Communita Sant' Egidio and that design on his coat of arms – dove flying before a rainbow – is actually the symbol of that organization, which has existed since the late 1960s. The obvious reference is to the story of Noah. 


March 16, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The archbishop who had himself featured in a homoerotic painting he commissioned gives the rainbow a prominent spot in the center of his coat of arms.

The rainbow coat of arms belongs to Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, who used to run the Pontifical Council for the Family and now heads the Pontifical Academy for Life and the Pontifical Pope John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. 

Paglia is the archbishop behind the controversial Vatican sex-ed program "The Meeting Point." The curriculum has been criticized for its ultra-sexual photos. It leaves out parents and mortal sin.

The homoerotic painting that Paglia commissioned was painted by a homosexual artist. In the painting, a shirtless Paglia in his bishops' skullcap is pictured tenderly embracing another nude man as Jesus carries them up in a giant net to heaven. The nets Jesus is lifting to heaven contain people who have committed various sins for which the painting suggests they show no remorse. In this painting, the outline of the Christ figure's genitals is visible through a translucent cloth - contrary to the Catholic artistic tradition.

Paglia also recently praised a prominent abortion and same-sex "marriage" campaigner. This, combined with the homoerotic painting, led a coalition of Italian pro-life and pro-family groups to start a petition asking him to resign or be removed

When he was head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Paglia oversaw the publication of a book embracing the “Kasper proposal” to admit to Holy Communion those living in what the Church considers an active state of adultery.

The coat of arms is featured at the top of Paglia's personal webpage, www.vincenzopaglia.it. The Diocese of Terni-Narni-Amelia, of which he used to be a bishop, links to Paglia's personal website page under his section on their website. The shield is published on what appears to be Paglia's flickr page.

The coat of arms is also available at Wikipedia Commons, where it is attributed to Paglia.

The rainbow is a biblical sign of hope, but has in recent years been used as a symbol of the LGBT movement. 

With which is Archbishop Paglia trying to associate himself?

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