Just as millions of others in this country (US) you don't understand the concept of the separation of church and state. All people of all faiths are allowed a say in the political process. This includes the laity as well as the clergy as they are just as much citizens as anyone else and have a right to influence legislation as anyone else, whether or not you like their positions. We also have a judicial branch of government which has the obligation to review legislation and rule whether it is constitutional or not.
Once again metta and his sources use disingenuous wording to distort. This time it's made to seem as thought that just because one Catholic bishop used the word maricón the legistation was defeated. I seriously doubt one man using an offensive term was why the bill was defeated.
Did you skip the part which mentions LEADING catholic bishop?
Why do you find it surpirsing that a single man can have so much influence? It isn't something new. Catholics follow POPE, who is just one single person. What he says would be obviously taken in high regard in comparsion to what you or I have to say. So your doubt isn't a very loogical one.
Catholics follow the pope?! Catholics divorce and abort at the same rate as non Catholics. I'd hardly consider them following the pope.
If Peruvian lawmakers allow themselves to be intimidated by one man's using a derrogotory term for gay men, then they don't deserve their offices.
I still maintain that the issue is more involved than the lawmakers being intimidated by one man's use of the word maricón.