Rome art gallery threatened by Vatican
The Vatican has threatened a Rome art gallery with legal action after it displayed a series of photographs of gay couples kissing in churches.
The series of photos formed part of a work by photographer Gonzalo Orquin. They were due to be displayed in the Galleria L’Opera as part of an exhibition of work but the gallery decided to cover up the images after receiving a letter from the Vatican suggesting legal action would be taken as the exhibition could “harm the religious sentiment of the faithful”.
Orquin agreed his photos should be covered up.
“A letter arrived from the Vicariate of Rome, an organization that is part of the Vatican, which said the church is against the exhibition. I spoke to lawyers and for security reasons we decided not to show the photos,” Orquín told The Local.
A spokesman for the Vicariate Cladio Tanturri said the photographs went against the Italian constitution.
“Italian constitutional law safeguards an individual’s religious feeling and the function of places of worship. Therefore photos that are not suitable and do not conform to the spirituality of the place offend and infringe upon the advancement of man in the particular place for the expression of faith.”