Some haters are gunning for homo hating Catholic Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco. Bagnasco (pictured, slouching like a heathen) has been a vocal opponent to Italy’s proposed civil unions – and equating homosexuality with incest – a position that garnered him some graffiti around town, which reads: “Shame on you, Bagnasco”, according to Javno.
The Archbishop’s tormentors turned up the heat Friday, however, when they sent the head of the Italian Bishops Conference a bullet. The package also included a picture of Bagnasco with a swatika cut out of it, according to a Vatican Radio report.
International Herald Tribune elaborates:
Bodyguards stood a few meters (yards) from the altar Sunday in Genoa’s cathedral as Bagnasco celebrated Mass. They were assigned a few weeks ago after graffiti threatening Bagnasco were scrawled on buildings.
Vatican Radio quoted the archdiocese’s spokesman, Carlo Arcolao, as calling the recent threats work of “very small and psychologically weak fringes.”
The bishops conference spokesman, the Rev. Domenico Pompili, told Vatican Radio that “it is not the intention of the Church to fuel a clash that it never went looking for.”
Well, that’s not entirely true: the conference has toed Vatican party line by opposing same-sex marriage. So they did, in fact, look for the fight. They just didn’t bank on a potentially armed rebellion.