Pope Francis has been making small strides in opening up the conversation about gay rights lately on behalf of the Catholic faith, hinting at his modest vision for a more accepting church. That said, there is still great resistance to equality from within, as evidenced in an attempt by Catholic church officials this week to censor a photography exhibit in an Italian art gallery solely because it featured images of same-sex kisses staged within places of worship.
The Vatican intervened with threats of a lawsuit against Galleria L’Opera last week in response to the opening of Trialogo by photographer Gonzalo Orquín, who is Catholic. Orquín’s photos depicted men and women kissing at the altar of several Catholic churches in Rome. His subjects posed quickly as he snapped the photo, and they left without obtaining any official permissions.
To see all the photos, visit this slideshow on The Huffington Post.
The grounds for a lawsuit may rest in a constitutional clause which protects “religious feeling and the function of places of worship” in Italy, as reported by Opposing Views.
For now, the photos are covered up and must remain so until the exhibit ends in November or until Orquín and the gallery are able to work out another agreement. [Sources: Gay Star News, Opposing Views, Towleroad]