Argentine Bishop Hector Aguer has called on John Paul II to intercede with God to ask him to forgive lawmakers who approved gay marriage last year.

Argentina became the first Latin American country to legalize gay marriage after President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner signed the law on July 21. Lawmakers approved the law over the strong objections of the Roman Catholic church; one cardinal called the movement to legalize such unions the devil's handiwork.

Aguer, the Archbishop of La Plata and chancellor of the Universidad Catolica de La Plata (Catholic University at La Plata), on Saturday reflected on the life of John Paul II on the occasion of his beatification during his weekly televised program Claves Para Un Mundo Mejor (Keys To A Better World).

“I've seen that the official representative of Argentina is quite large. It is composed of a significant number of legislators,” Aguer said. “With complete respect, I offer the following suggestion: some of them could benefit from this exceptional circumstance to ask for the intercession of the new blessed so that the Lord may forgive them for approving last year an unjust law contrary to the teachings of the Grand Pontiff, the law that changed the nature of marriage in Argentina.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)