Strong words from a Spanish PriestBy Marc • Jun 17th, 2005 • Category: ProLife, the Church
Hola Padre Salinas! I hope you are reading this. I am sorry I could not approve your comment to my blog, as it was a little off topic. However, I feel it’s import for people to know what you have to say about the current political state of the government of Spain. I have therefore decided to give your comment a post where it is on topic, a post where it is the topic.
As a Spanish Catholic priest I pray you to support this rally and to pay your attention to this event.
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Family does matter
Madrid, june 18th – March
The Spanish government is implementing initiatives which attack the foundations of the family as a natural living environment and a most effective human bond.
In practice, it purports to identify same-sex unions with the institution of marriage, going as far as legalizing the adoption of children by homosexuals.
These initiatives are an attack aginst the institution of marriage and violate the right of children to have both a mother and a father.
Other governemental measures are equally worrying: unilateral and ground-free divorces are legalized (for marriages lasting more than three months), the right to life is gradually weakened, increasing limits are imposed upon parents regarding the education of their children, and religious expression and morality are banished from public life.
Faced with such initiatives which are contrary to human dignity, we demand that the government and all political movements:
a) withdraw the law proposal rendering same-sex unions equivalent to marriage, and enforce a legal framework which guarantees that children for adoption may have both a mother and a father, in accordance with the UN convention on childrené─˘s rights;
b) enforce a fully protective policy for families, based on mutual commitment and equality between man and woman, which creates a stable environment for generations to come and constitutes the most effective form of social solidarity;
c) esteem and support the freedom of parents to decide on their childrené─˘s education, in particular by letting parents take responsibility for their moral, civil and religious upbringing;
d) provide a legal framework which guarantees that all human life be respected;
e) acknowledge that religious movements help individuals commit themselves to a more caring, just and equal society
Because families do count, because there is a right to have a mother and a father and because freedom deserves to be defended, we ask policy-makers, social groups and each citizen to respect effectively this declaration. We call all citizens to a protest march from Cibeles Square in Madrid to Puerta del Sol on June 18th as of 6 p.m.
Madrid, May 27th, 2005.
I will be sure to keep you and your country in my prayers.
If you speak Spanish, be sure to check out Padre Salinas’ blog here.