The Catholic Church has publicly likened gay parenting to the selling of children on the black market. The Vatican hierarchy and right-wing religious parties everywhere have taken the position that a child should have a father and a mother, not two gay parents. This in spite of an ever growing number of high courts throughout the world setting legal presence through ever more rulings that support a growing body of scientific research being published that continues to find that gay parents are every bit as good, if not in some areas better than straight parents.
The Catholic Church and the many right-wing religious parties that continue to support it have reacted angrily to every such decision regardless of the jurisdiction taking the decision. CEI, Conferenza Episcopale Italiana, the Catholic bishops’ conference, wrote on the Avvenire: ‘These decisions are ambiguous and they go against the common sense and the common knowledge on children’s welfare. These courts think that children are things on sale in a shop. They are not like that and these decisions are unrespectful of the natural order.’
Right-wing religious parties have been quick to join the Church’s battle against these various high court rulings. Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s PDL, Popolo della Libertà, has been the most vocal in this public condemnation. Italian ex secretary of State Maurizio Gasparri said: ‘These are very dangerous social decisions, because they let the door open to gay parents, who should never be allowed to adopt a child.’
Benedict XVI is the 265th Pope, a position in which he is suppose to serve in a dual role as Sovereign of the Vatican City State and leader of the Catholic Church. As Pope, he is regarded by many Christians as the successor of Saint Peter the Apostle. The position currently being taken by this Pope against LGBT parents seems to be anything but Christian.