Skip to comments.Archbishop Rips Forced Buttiglione Withdrawal
Posted on 11/02/2004 2:19:57 PM PST by Unam Sanctam
Rome, Nov. 02 (CWNews.com) - The president of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (COMECE) has criticized the "intolerance" of European Union leaders who forced a Catholic to withdraw his nomination to the European Commission.
After Rocco Buttiglione's announcement that he was withdrawing his name from consideration for a spot on the European Commission, Swiss Archbishop Amedee Grab said it was "unacceptable" that European parliamentary leaders had blocked the Buttiglione nomination.
Buttigilione had drawn strong opposition when he expressed his view that homosexual acts are sinful. A devout Catholic, with strong ties to the Vatican, he had been denounced as "intolerant," and the opposition to his nomination stalled the appointment of the new European Commission.
That political impasse, in turn, caused an unprecedented crisis in the young European Union. Incoming President Jose Manuel Durao Barroso was unable to take over the European leadership on November 1, as scheduled, because his nominees to the European Commission had not been approved. Buttiglione stepped aside in an effort to resolve that crisis.
But Archbishop Grab told the Italian daily Avvenire that the resolution was "unacceptable." The COMECE president argued that "no one should prevent a political leader from expressing his opinions."
The archbishop continued: "It is unacceptable that the mere fact of holding an opinion different from that of the majority is immediately seen as intolerance."