The mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, has criticized Francesca Pardi’s children’s book Piccolo Uovo (Little Egg) as it deconstructs the very concept of family and redefines it as whatever anyone wants to make of it: “a pair of gay penguins, lesbian rabbits successfully bringing up a family, as well as other family models, including a single parent hippo, a mixed race dog couple, and kangaroos that have adopted polar bear cubs,” etc. as per a UK Guardian report.
Mayor Brugnaro was not merely offering emotive criticism but tackled a much larger issue: ensuring that the book was not used for re-education and indoctrination as it, among others, was being used in city schools.
We do not want to discriminate against children. At home parents can be called Dad One and Dad Two, but I have to think about the majority of families where there is a mother and a father.
Francesca Pardi appealed to Pope Francis in an emotive manner (as anyone can experience and emphasize with an emotion but thinking through complex issues is much too much for many), “Many parishes across the country are in this period sullying our name and telling falsehoods about our work which deeply offends us” (emphasis added for emphasis).
Well, what if any of us, much less the Pope, were to state that deconstructing, redefining and re-educating as per the pop-culture de jour so as to claim that “a pair of gay penguins, lesbian rabbits…as well as other” non-traditional “family models” deeply offends us? The likely reply would be “Who cares? Shut up and go away you hate’a!!!”
Now, with regards to any alternate family model, the fact is that all things being equal a family consisting of one male and one female with children is the best model for everyone. Two (or more) males or two (or more) females result in, at least, one of the males playing the female role and, at least, one of the females playing the male role.
As for the other family models a single parent is obviously not in the least bit ideal, for anyone, and yet, if one is abandoned one must make due. Of course, many single parents are as such due to poor choices encouraged by the pop-culture de jour: have irresponsible sex at will, do not demand commitment, use and abandon people at a whim, etc. Mixed race is erroneous as there is only one “race” and that is the human race. However, this merely denotes personages of slightly differing epidermal pigmentation. Adoption is also among the lines of traditional families if the adoptee has one adopted female and one male.
Francesca Pardi also noted, “We have respect for Catholics” and admits that “A lot of Catholics give back the same respect” and then asks, “why can’t we have the whole hierarchy of the church behind us?”
Well, respect can be offered without the necessity of having “the whole hierarchy of the church behind” deconstructing, redefining and re-educating. But think about that, she actually wants “the whole hierarchy of the church behind” to “respect” her worldview-philosophy which is simply astonishing.
And yet, she has gotten, essentially, that which she wanted. Perhaps “the whole hierarchy” does not respect her views but the Catholic hierarchy’s head does as senior official at the Vatican secretariat of state, Peter B. Wells, replied to the Guardian speaking for the Pope to the effect that “His holiness is grateful for the thoughtful gesture and for the feelings which it evoked, hoping for an always more fruitful activity in the service of young generations and the spread of genuine human and Christian values.”
Well, this is just good ol’ fashioned flummoxing as what does homosexuals deconstructing, redefining and re-educating with regards to what a family is have to do with “genuine…Christian values”?
Yet, the Vatican sought to distinguish between the author and that which she authored. Peter B. Wells affirmed praise of Pardi but not her book’s message: in which case, why is she being praised?
What is interesting is that Catholicism is a multi-headed beast which, at the same time, has a very, very, very long history of homosexual priests and nuns getting pregnant and having abortions whilst, at the same time, outwardly condemning homosexuality, unmarried sex, abortion, etc.
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