Monday, December 26, 2005

This Season, We Wish You (Catholic) Love

Single Italian women, behold! This season, the Catholic Church wishes you prosperity, good health, and love... just not with Muslim men.

Two documents issued by the Vatican "called for extreme caution by Catholic women contemplating marriage to a Muslim" warning them of "bitter experiences" for women resulting from such unions. Cardinal Ruini, the head of the Italian bishops commented that "Catholics marrying Muslims have to reckon with extra difficulties arising from deep cultural differences."

Sure, when two people with different religious beliefs and cultural backgrounds decide to get married, they should both think about how these differences could affect their life together.

But, wow. The Catholic Church pretending to look out for women's best interests?... This would have nothing to do with xenophobia, fears of Islamization of Europe, or racism, would it?