“In our parishes, we see more and more children from the new types of families that exist and are part of our society, children of separated and divorced people, gay couples, single people, young mothers.”
Father Della Sala is well-known in Italy for sympathising with LGBT and left-wing causes.
However, senator Maurizio Gasparri, of the co-ruling Forza Italia party, said the LGBT-friendly nativity “offends all those who always had respect and devotion for the Holy Family”.
Nativity scenes are popular in the predominately Catholic country, however recently, they have become caught up in culture wars as Italian society becomes more secular
The Pro-Vita & Famiglia (Pro-Life and Family) group called it “dangerous, as well as shameful and blasphemous”.
Earlier this week, a senator from Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party proposed a new bill that would protect the country's "cultural roots" by fining school principals who are choosing to scrap nativity scenes.
“For some years now we have witnessed unacceptable and embarrassing decisions by some schools that ban nativity scenes or modify the deep essence of Christmas by transforming it into improbable winter festivities so as not to offend believers of other religions,” said Lavinia Mennuni, a senator for the ruling Brothers of Italy party, who introduced the bill.
Under the proposed legislation, schools would be unable to prevent “initiatives promoted by parents, students, or competent school bodies, aimed at activities linked to traditional celebrations such as Christmas and Easter, such as the setting up of nativity scenes, plays and other events related to them”.