Roman Catholic Cardinal Camillo Ruini,
vicar general emeritus of the Diocese of Rome, has described gay
marriage as an “illusion.”
Reacting to last week's Supreme Court
ruling which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Ruini
said that such unions go against nature.
“We are fooling ourselves if we think
we can banish nature with a personal or collective decision of our
own,” Ruini told Italian daily Il Foglio.
The basis for gay nuptials, according
to Ruini, is the view that sex is a choice.
“But this is an illusion, even if it
is shared by many,” he said. “Our freedom, in fact, is rooted in
the reality of our being, and when it is violated it becomes
destructive, of ourselves first of all.”
The church, he
said, “cannot help” but uphold the reality of the nature of