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Italian Bishops Blast “Sad Human Market”

ROME — The Italian news agency ANSA, reported Avvenire, the daily newspaper of Italian bishops conference CEI, strongly rebuked Left Ecology and Freedom (SEL) party leader Nichi Vendola after he announced the birth of his son by means of a surrogate mother last weekend hired by him and his male partner.

“The sad human market is growing, and it has entries on the left and right,” Avvenire editorial stated. “They should stop calling it rights,” referring to the growing trend of a claimed right to have a child by what ever means, including intentionally depriving children of the right of knowing and being loved by their own mother, father or both. This issue has also added fuel to the controversy in Italy of allowing people in gay life-styles to adopt and led to striping a provision permitting same-sex couples to adopt partners’ biological children from a bill regulating civil unions last week.

ANSA reported on Monday, the “top-selling Catholic weekly Famiglia Cristiana (Christian Family) slammed Vendola too for using a practice that is illegal in Italy. “The defender of the poor and the oppressed went abroad like a gentleman of means, orphaned a baby of its mother and eluded the (Italian) Constitution,” the weekly wrote on its website (emphasis added). “Wasn’t he supposed to be a leftist?” Other left of center activists such as Northern League leader Matteo Salvini, also blasted Vendola, accusing him of “disgusting selfishness.”

Comedian-turned-political leader Beppe Grillo of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) added his voice in a letter published in Tuesday’s Corriere della Sera.

“There is something about the concept of wombs for rent that scares me and it has nothing to do with homosexuality or heterosexuality, but with the logic that says, ‘we’ll do it because it’s possible.'”