A new statute coming into effect on January 1st will allow the Vatican to bypass Italian law.
This comes in the wake of a row at the UN, where the Vatican refused to sign up to a universal declaration of human rights regardless of gender or sexuality.
Under current laws, the Holy See must accept Italian laws automatically apart from in the case of "radical incompatibility" with canon law.
The new statute signed by Pope Benedict XVI will put an end to this system.
From the start of the new year, all Italian laws will be subject to scrutiny by Vatican authorities before being implemented in the city-state itself.
of course, he has his mouthpieces not connecting it to the UN resolution but to the myriad of Italian laws that are impossible to wade through. [how convenient...]
President of the Commission for the Revision of the Code of Vatican Law Jose Maria Serrano Ruiz said that the decision to change the legal system was due to the "instability" and "exorbitant" number of Italian laws.
see, here's what they really believe -
The Vatican's observer at the UN claimed last week that the declaration will somehow be used to force countries to recognise same-sex marriage.
"If adopted, they would create new and implacable discriminations," said Monsignor Celestino Migliore.
"For example, states which do not recognise same-sex unions as 'matrimony' will be pilloried and made an object of pressure."
so this is what we have. it is all right to discriminate against certain groups [that he chooses] but not to discriminate against others - like him. oh, by the way, the U.N. declaration makes no mention of marriage whatsoever - just advising that no one should be legally victimized because of their sexuality.
talk about obfuscation...
as i've quoted Henry II before, "Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?"