2006-04-13 11:32:00

Catholic approves Moscow's ban on gay parade

Moscow, April 13, Interfax - Vatican representative in Russia Archbishop Antonio Mennini supports Moscow's decision to ban a gay parade in the capital city.

"I think it is a wise decision," Mennini said in an interview with Interfax.

"I would like to point out what is essential and indisputable to any reasonable person: such a manifestation would certainly lead to an aggravated tension in Russian society and possibly even to violence, which is inadmissible in any case," the Vatican official said.

See the full text of interview under the Exclusive heading.