Benedict XVI has been under fire this past week for supposedly condemning equality legislation in the United Kingdom that seeks to protect gays and women in the workplace. His comments, however, were misunderstood, says a Vatican spokesman.
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press service, noted in the most recent installment of the Vatican Television program "Octava Dies" that "assuring equal opportunity to all members of society is a noble objective."
"Nevertheless," he added, "in certain cases one tries to achieve it with laws that impose unjust limits on the freedom of religious communities to act according to their own convictions."
"If then these laws contradict the natural law, one undermines the foundation that guarantees equality and therefore the right to enjoy equal opportunity," the priest explained.
"It is not at all a matter of the Church's interference in the social and political arena," he said, "but of a right and proper - and thus courageous - manifestation of her positions at the service of the common good," he said.
COMMENT: I must be thick because I don't actually understand what the bloke is saying. I think it may be in the Tuftish language and, as I'm not an archbishop or a theologian of the "Radical Orthodoxy" school, I don't speak that. If anyone wants to have a stab at a translation please feel free to do so in the comments.