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Catholics insists that women’s protection treaty is ‘ungodly’

Catholics insists that women’s protection treaty is ‘ungodly’

The Croatian Government voted on Friday to ratify the Council of Europe’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, widely known as the Istanbul Convention – and thousands, egged on by the Catholic Church, gathered to protest, saying the move would pave the way to same-sex marriage and will give rights to transgender people.

The Convention, agreed in 2011, has now been ratified by 29 countries, including 18 European Union member states. The treaty aims to be an instrument in combating domestic violence against women, protecting victims and prosecuting accused offenders. Among the forms of violence it seeks to counter are marital rape, stalking, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

Ahead of a huge rally against the convention last month, top Croatian Catholic Church clergy said that all those who support the Istanbul Convention should no longer be considered believers.

A protester brandishes a crucifix at the anti-Convention rally in Zagreb last month.

The Catholic Church in Croatia, to which nearly 90 percent of the country’s 4.2 million people belong, labeled the convention a “heresy.”

To placate critics, the government issued a statement saying the treaty would not change Croatia’s legal definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

A second rally attended by some 10,000 people opposed to the convention took place on Thursday.

Speakers at the March, 2018, rally on Zagreb’s Bana Jelacica square blasted the EU for allegedly wanting to “conquer” Croatia with its liberal policies. Several placards with photos of German Chancellor Angela Merkel were crossed out.

Said Gordana Turic, a former ruling party lawmaker.

They say we are backward because we believe in God. The Istanbul convention is against Christianity.

At Thursday’s rally in Split protesters of all age groups, many displaying Catholic symbols, and including many Catholic priests and nuns, expressed their discontent with government’s intention to ratify the Convention. Many signs and speeches made references to Croatia’s 1990s war, citing it as a successful struggle for freedom.

Their slogans and placards focused on Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, above, and his government, which they accused of rejecting more conservative voters’ views as well as succumbing to pressures from Brussels.

Protesters claim that the Convention will tamper with Croatian and Catholic traditions and beliefs, especially in its mention of gender. Protesters claim that there is no difference between sex and gender, and that the Convention is secretively introducing “gender ideology” into the Croatian legal and educational system

Other well-known right-wing figures also joined the rally, including Zeljka Markic, above, head of the conservative NGO In the Name of the Family, which successfully triggered a 2013 referendum on marriage.

The referendum ended with the majority of voters opting for the constitutional definition of marriage as strictly a union between a man and a woman.

Since joining the EU in 2013, Croatia’s population has been drifting toward the far right, including some who deny the Holocaust and have reappraised the pro-Nazi Croatian Ustasha regime that ruled the country during the Second World War.

10 responses to “Catholics insists that women’s protection treaty is ‘ungodly’”

  1. andym says:

    “They say we are backward because we believe in God. The Istanbul convention is against Christianity.”

    Enough said.

  2. Har Davids says:

    I’m sure these bigots don’t mind accepting the handsome subsidies from the depraved EU.

  3. Johan says:

    And the name doesn’t help. The Istanbul Convention. Istanbul, capital of the Islamic state of Turkey. Now how can catholic bigots agree with a convention with a name like that. They should have called it something like The Treaty of Revealed Truth and Family Values.

  4. John the Drunkard says:

    A little, just a LITTLE, history? The ‘Independent State of Croatia’ propped up by Hitler and Mussolini, perpetuated one of the most vicious genocides of the 20th century.

    The territory was NOT 90% Catholic before they undertook to exterminate the Serbian population.

  5. So they’re going with “We Catholics are ardently in favour of violence against women”?

    Ok then. Noted.

  6. Vartan says:

    Isn’t it clear to one and all that Religions turn people into the worst kind of miserable divisive small minded petty spoiled brat arrogant bigots. Its almost as if the software of the human brain is rendered incapable of rational activity once the “godbug virus” gets in there.

  7. AgentCormac says:

    Women campaigning to stop a convention which aims to prevent violence against women: if ever you needed an example of just how much religion can rot the human mind, this has to be it.

  8. 1859 says:

    O NO! That there should be or could be, another way of looking at human relationships! God forbid! Let’s stay ossified ! Let’s use our religion like a concrete mixer – throw everything in and pour it out into the same mould and let it set in that shape for ever and ever amen!

  9. gedediah says:

    Ugh. My 16 year old daughter is going to Croatia this summer with her Exloprers group. I thought it was a civilised country!

  10. Gaurav Tyagi says:

    @gedediah, this article mentions ‘The Catholic Church in Croatia, to which nearly 90 percent of the country’s 4.2 million people belong’ with such high rate of religious prevalence, Croatia doesn’t seem to be a civilized nation.