One can count on Catholic historians to never tell the truth about anything.
From The Scotsman: http://www.scotsman.com/news/Fall-of-the-Roman-Empire.6748647.jp
By NICK PISA
ROME April 9, 2011
A LEADING Italian academic is facing growing calls to resign after he blamed the collapse of the Roman Empire on homosexuality.
Professor Roberto De Mattei, vice-president of Italy’s Centre for National Research and who is also a devout Catholic, has already faced criticism after claiming that the Japanese tsunami and earthquake disaster was “divine punishment”.
In an interview with Radio Maria, a religious news network, Prof De Mattei, 63, said: “The collapse of the Roman Empire and the arrival of the Barbarians was due to the spread of homosexuality.
“The Roman colony of Carthage was a paradise for homosexuals … the abnormal presence of a few deviants infected many others.”
Prof De Mattei based his comments on the writings of fifth-century Christian author Salviano di Marsiglia. He added: “The invasion of the Barbarians (of Rome] was seen as punishment for this moral transgression. It is well known that effeminate men and homo- sexuals have no place in the Kingdom of God. Homosexuality was not rife among the Barbarians, and this shows that God’s justice comes throughout history, not at the end of time.”
Fellow historians, gay rights groups and politicians expressed outrage and some called on him to quit his post.
Paola Concia, an MP for the opposition Democratic Left, said: “I have tabled an urgent call for the education minister, Maria Stella Gelmini, to step in and intervene.”
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