Vatican wants crucifixes not pumpkins

5th November 2009, Comments 0 comments

Italian political leaders on the left and right were united in attacking a court ruling that crucifixes displayed in schools are a breach of human rights.

Rome -- Europe leaves Catholics with mere "pumpkins" to display their faith, the Vatican number two said Wednesday, after the European court ruled that crucifixes displayed in schools are a breach of human rights.

"This third millennium Europe leaves us with the pumpkins from recent celebrations," deplored Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, referring to the Halloween festival that the Vatican considers anti-Christian.

Europe "takes away those symbols that are most important to us," he added, speaking to the press during a hospital visit.

"We can do nothing but deplore" this decision, and "use all our powers to conserve the symbols of our faith for believers and for others.”

Italian political leaders on the left and right were united in attacking the European Court of Human Rights ruling in response to a case brought by an Italian mother opposed to the hanging of crucifixes on classroom walls.

AFP/Expatica

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