The Vatican and Italy

The daily newspaper of Rome, La Repubblica citing the Osservatore Romano (the Vatican daily)  is reporting today that the Vatican, as of January 1, 2009, will no longer automatically assume into its own civil law the laws of the State of Italy.  The Holy See, which is a sovereign nation, finds Italian laws too numerous, changeable, contradictory, and at times contrary to Christian morals.

Prior to this, the Vatican City State as a rule would take Italian civil law and enforce them within its boundaries.  Only by rare exception would it not do so, such as when a law was radically incompatable with fundamental canon law or in violation of bilateral agreements with other nations.  Now, Italian laws will need to be formally accepted by a competent Vatican authority.

If you have been following some of the back and forth between the Vatican and the government of Italy in recent years, you know that the Church has been vigorously speaking out against proposed law regarding euthanasia, abortion, and other issues of great moral significance.

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2 Responses to The Vatican and Italy

  1. Michael Young says:

    Perhaps it would be better if the Church didn’t act like a country, but more like a Church? I understand that there are laws that need to be followed for any type of organization, I don’t have a better answer, however, I do wonder about the Church acting as a soverign nation?

  2. admin says:

    What could the Church do to act more like a Church in contemporary society with all its challenges?

    I doubt any law has ever converted a soul to God. Only the witness of a disciple of Jesus that touches the heart of another seems to do that. Perhaps you are getting at that?

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