- Independent Catholics and Catholic Organisations State
Opposition to Buttiglione's Proposed Appointment as Commissioner for
Freedom, Security and Justice
More than 140 prominent independent Catholic leaders and
organisations submitted a letter last week to European Parliament
president Josep Borrell Fontelles in protest against the appointment
of Rocco Buttiglione as Commissioner for Freedom, Security and
"As European Catholics we disagree with Rocco Buttiglione's
positions on the family, on homosexuals, on women, as well as on his
promotion of camps for asylum seekers at the borders of the EU. Dr.
Buttiglione blames the low birth rate in Europe on women with
careers. He has called homosexuality a sin. He believes that AIDS is
a 'divine punishment for homosexuality and drug use,'" said Elfriede
Harth, the European representative of Catholics for a Free Choice.
"Our opposition to this appointment is based on Dr. Buttiglione's
lack of credentials and his egregious record of discriminatory
remarks and actions. There's nothing anti-Catholic about our
opposition to Buttiglione; it's anti-bigotry."
Catholics for a Free Choice has developed a fact sheet on Dr.
Buttiglione as part of its "Conservative Catholic Influence in
Europe" series. (Available at
Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC) is a non-governmental
organisation with special consultative status with the Economic and
Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. CFFC is accredited as
an NGO with the European Parliament and is part of the Catholic
international church reform movement, International Movement -- We
Are Church, and the European network, Church on the Move. CFFC shapes
and advances sexual and reproductive ethics that are based on
justice, reflect a commitment to women's well-being and respect and
affirm the moral capacity of women and men to make sound decisions
about their lives. Through discourse, education and advocacy, CFFC
works in the United States and internationally to infuse these values
into public policy, community life, feminist analysis and Catholic
social thinking and teaching.
Web site: http://www.cath4choice.org
ots Originaltext: Catholics for a Free Choice
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In France: Elfriede Harth, +33-1-39-02-7890, or in US: Michelle
Ringuette, +1-202-986-6093 or +1-202-550-1321, both of Catholics for
a Free Choice