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Vatican condemns radio station over gay people quake link

by Hannah Tooley

A right-wing Catholic station, Radio Maria, declared in a broadcast that the recent earthquakes were "God's punishment" for same-sex civil unions.

The Vatican called the remarks "offensive and scandalous," after a Dominican friar said the recent earthquakes in Italy were caused by human sins.

Radio Maria reported that he said: "These disasters are a consequence of original sin, then you can really be considered as a punishment for original sin - even if the word did not like it, but I say the same, it is a biblical word, there is no problem.

"Of course you have to understand well what is meant by punishment."

He said these sins included the approval of same-sex civil unions in May 2015.

The Vatican said the remarks were in no way related to Catholic theology.

Radio Maria has published a statement on its website, saying the comments do not reflect the views of the station.

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