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Vatican rejects European Union's 'ungodly' bill of rights
    The Vatican on Friday described the Charter of Fundamental Rights to be adopted at the European Union summit in Nice this week as a 'godless' document.
    It emphasised that among other concerns the charter would cause 'moral and social harm' by sanctioning homosexual unions and making it easier for homosexual couples to adopt children.
    Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, said the charter upheld family values in theory, but in promoting the rights of homosexuals it had 'departed from the beaten track followed by the moral history of humanity'.
    Andrew Duff, Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parlliament for the Eastern region and the European Parliament's rapporteur on the Nice charter, said that he 'greatly regretted' the Vatican's intervention.
   
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4-Dec-00