Priest Blames Gay Unions For Recent Earthquakes In Italy

An Italian priest has blamed the recent earthquakes that have ravaged the European country in recent times on gay civil unions.

Father Giovanni Cavalcoli said the tremors which killed hundreds and left tens of thousands homeless, were “divine punishment” for the unions, earning the Vatican’s wrath.

The theologian known for his strict views, made the comments on October 30, the day central Italy was struck by a 6.6-magnitude quake – the most powerful to hit the country in 36 years according to Italian media.

It was the third major quake in the same region in just over two months.

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Cavalcoli said on radio that the seismic shocks were “divine punishment” for “the offence to the family and the dignity of marriage, in particular through civil unions”.

The radio station however distanced itself from his views and late yesterday the Vatican issued a stinging rebuke, saying the idea of a vengeful God was “a pagan vision” dating from “the pre-Christian era”.

Pope Francis prays in front of quake ruins in Amatrice, Italy. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/EPA

Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the number two in the Vatican’s powerful Secretariat of State, said Cavalcoli’s comments were “offensive to believers and disgraceful for non-believers”.

Becciu asked for forgiveness from quake victims and reminded them they had the “solidarity and support” of Pope Francis.

But Cavalcoli has refused to back down, insisting to another radio station that earthquakes are indeed caused by “the sins of man” and telling the Vatican to “read their catechism”.

Legislation allowing gay civil unions in Italy only took effect last month, making it the last country in Western Europe to legally recognise same-sex relationships.


  1. Of course he does; he’s a religious nut. That means not only that he is a nut, but also, as usual, arrogant, vain, malicious and willfully ignorant. All very Christian.

  2. This reminds me of Sodom and Gomorrah. Let us all turn away from sin that will bring God’s wrath upon us. Because this is just a comedy by the time the real film starts we shall Noah’s Ark.


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