But Mr Zan, the MP pushing the bill, said the Vatican’s concerns were unfounded. “The bill does not restrict in any way freedom of expression or religious freedom,” he wrote on Twitter.
“All the concerns and doubts will be listened to, but there cannot be any foreign interference in the workings of a sovereign parliament.”
There’s foreign interference in the workings of a sovereign parliament all the time. You can’t pass laws which breach the European Convention on Human Rights for example. This is a supranational interference in the workings of a sovereign parliament.
True, that parliament did in fact sign up for that interference:
The Vatican argues that the Zan bill violates the Concordat, part of the Lateran Pacts that have since 1929 governed relations Rome and the Holy See.
The proposed law would jeopardise the “liberty” that was guaranteed by the treaty to the Catholic Church in Italy, the diplomatic note said.
And there we have the same thing. That parliament agreed to limit its sovereign powers by signing the Concordat.
Sure, you can reject the concordat, just as you can the ECHR and all that. But perhaps governments and parliaments should hold true to the agreements they’ve already made?