The Vatican has said the Church will not be silent in Italy in political debates over legal recognition of civil unions. The Church has been under severe attack in Italy, especially in left-wing newspapers and by left-wing politicians, after several bishops spoke out on the issue.
I find it ironic that in similar debates in the US, when religious leaders speak up against things like abortion or gay marriage or the like, the liberals try to shout them down, telling them that religion has no place in politics. Meanwhile, they gin together groups of liberal members and leaders of certain religious groups in support of the same liberal dogma. I guess what they really mean is that religion has no place in politics, unless the religion can be made to support liberal politics.