Interview: The Vatican on Just vs. Unjust Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

NEW YORK, December 15, 2009 ( - During a human rights panel discussion at the United Nations last week, Rev. Philip J. Bené, J.C.D., Legal Attaché for the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, reiterated a little publicized position of the Vatican regarding “violations of human rights against homosexual persons.”

The December 10 statement, which Fr. Bené sent to (LSN) says “the Holy See continues to oppose all grave violations of human rights against homosexual persons, such as the use of the death penalty, torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.”

The panel discussion on “Opposing grave Human Rights Violations on the basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” was co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions to the United Nations of Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, France, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.

“The Holy See,” the statement added, “also opposes all forms of violence and unjust discrimination against homosexual persons, including discriminatory penal legislation which undermines the inherent dignity of the human person.” According to the Holy See representative, the statement was a virtual repetition of a statement made last December before the UN General Assembly.

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