DAILY CATHOLIC     MONDAY     February 15, 1999     vol. 10, no. 31

NEWS & VIEWS
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DISCRIMINATION SUIT AGAINST COSTA RICAN DROPPED, WHILE NO COMMENT FROM VATICAN ON SWISS GUARD CHARGE OF HOMOSEXUALITY

          SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (CWNews.com ) - Archbishop Roman Arrieta Villalobos of San Jose, who had been sued by a homosexual group for discrimination, had the lawsuit dismissed this week.

          Last year, the pro-homosexual group "Pink Triangle" called off a planned "Gay Festival" after Archbishop Arrieta said, "such a public display of immoral conduct is an offense to the rest of society." The group sued the Archbishop alleging he violated the anti-discrimination law, which says that no person can be rejected for reasons of race, nationality, sex, or disability.

          Early this week, Judge Cristiana Vargas ruled that the accusation presented by "Pink Triangle" was "unfounded" since "The Prelate only limited himself to expressing the opinion of the Church he represents." The judge added, "Arrieta's statements do not violate article 48 of the general law since in no occasion he implied, suggested, or practiced any discriminatory measure against somebody for their sexual orientation."

          After the hearing, Archbishop Arrieta said: "I have always expressed the plain and simple teachings of the Catholic Church regarding homosexual persons, which is at the same time very compassionate but clear regarding the perversity of homosexual activities." He added, "I reaffirm what I said last year which is consistent with God's plan, which created us male and female as it is clear in the book of Genesis."

          On the same subject, the Vatican has issued a terse "no comment" in response to questions about a newly published book which alleges that the slain Swiss Guard Col. Alois Estermann was linked in a homosexual relationship with the man who killed him.

          Journalist Massimo Lacchei is the author of a new series of essays on issues related to homosexuality. In one such essay, he claims to have encountered Col. Estermann with Corporal Cedric Tornay at a homosexual party, and theorizes that Tornay finally shot and killed Estermann and his wife in a passion of jealousy.

          Lacchei produces no evidence to back his claims, and most journalists who have probed the Swiss Guard killing are highly suspicious of his story. A thorough Vatican investigation of the murders uncovered no indication of any illicit affair-- of an any other motive for the killings beyond Tornay's apparent emotional problems.


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February 15, 1999       volume 10, no. 31
NEWS & VIEWS

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