Spain: “Homosexual marriage” and “homoparenthood”

Source: FSSPX News


On April 21, the Spanish parliament passed a bill authorizing marriage between homosexuals and the adoption of children by homosexual couples. This bill, which is due to become law on June 30, a few days before Gay Pride (the demonstration by homosexual groups), modifies 16 articles of the Spanish Civil Code, in which the terms “man” and “woman” have been replaced by “spouse.” A key phrase has also been added to article 44: “Marriage fulfils the same conditions and will have the same effects whether the contracting parties be of the same sex or a different sex.” The new law will guarantee the same legal and social rights to married homosexual couples as heterosexual couples, in terms of inheritance, divorce, receipt of pensions, access to nationality and also the adoption of Spanish children only, in order to avoid any conflict with the laws of other countries.

 183 members voted in favor, 136 against and 6 members abstained. The text must be submitted to the Senate, but it will be ratified without any doubt, on account of the political forces currently present in Spain. When the law is ratified, Spain will be the only European country to authorize homosexual marriage and adoption, Holland and Belgium at present allowing “marriage”only.

 In a communiqué, Church leaders have condemned “a law which is radically unjust and harmful to the common good.” “The greater good of children demands that they should not be manufactured in laboratories or adopted by same sex married couples.” The reform of the Civil Code which would allow homosexuals to marry is not “coherent” with the history of modern democracy “developed around the human person and his fundamental rights,” said the cardinal archbishop of Madrid, Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, to Radio Cope of the Spanish Bishops Conference (SBC).

 For the first time, representatives of the main religious confessions present in Spain, Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox and Jews – but not the Muslims – have published a joint communiqué condemning homosexual marriage. In it they affirm that “any modification of the institution of marriage requires profound reflection, major dialogue and social consensus”. “Monogamous heterosexual marriage is part of the tradition of Judaeo-Christian and other religious confessions, and in its basic structure it has been and remains a fundamental institution in the history of societies of our cultural entourage,” the text continued. To this end, the signatories “ask that the structure of marriage not be modified.”

“The rights which one would wish or ought to recognize in these types of unions, which are different from the matrimonial union, should not affect the essence and the identity of marriage,” the communiqué concluded.

 More forcefully, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, declared on April 22 that Christians have “the duty to oppose” this “unjust” law voted by the Spanish government. “We cannot impose unjust laws on our people. On the contrary, because they are unjust the Church appeals urgently to their freedom of conscience and their duty to oppose it,” said the Colombian cardinal in an interview given to Corriere della Sera. The prelate advocated conscientious objection for municipal officials responsible for celebrating such marriages, even if it meant losing their employment.

The Spanish government minister, Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, reacted immediately to the cardinal’s criticisms. According to her, this law “restricts the rights of no one.” And “officials must carry out the laws which the government proposes and parliament approves.”

 “Marriage between homosexuals is a veritable aberration,” said Fr. José Antonio Sayés Bermejo, professor at the faculty of theology in the North of Spain, speaking to the press agency Fides. Marriage between homosexuals is the prelude “to the destruction of the family and thus of humanity. This marriage which the Spanish government is introducing into society is more than a sin, it is a veritable aberration.” According to this Spanish theologian, the “secularism” introduced into Spain is very different from secularity: “Secularity presupposes that the Church and the government have their particular fields of action, and that the Church respects the autonomy of the government. But secularism is very different. It tolerates a God, but one who is not the foundation of a moral law.” According to this principle, he added, “all religions are equal, all are true, but none is the true religion. Therefore religion must remain enclosed as a part of internal conscience.” He went on: “In Spain homosexuality is introduced, founded on the principle that we are all equal. They do not tolerate marriage within the framework of the natural law.”

 The director of the international Alphonse VIII University in Soria shares the same view. “The new law which the Parliament has just passed, is a new case of impudence on the part of the Spanish government,” said Carlos de la Casa. “The right of adoption is a veritable contradiction and goes against nature.” He added: “The present socialist government is destroying the natural state of the country and the anthropological concept of marriage, which is of value for everyone and not just for believers.”

 Mgr. Pérez Gonzales, archbishop to the armed forces in Spain and director of the Pontifical Missionary Societies, was strongly opposed to homosexual marriage, which he described as “evil.” “According to the doctrine of the Church, it is a contradiction, a falsification and a moral corruption,” he insisted, appealing for “conscientious objection” by Christians, and concluding that “a believer and a Catholic Christian cannot approve of this corruption.”

On May 6, the Spanish Bishops Conference reaffirmed its condemnation of the law on marriage between homosexuals. In a communiqué, the bishops declared that Catholics may not vote in favor of this law which breaks with the institution of marriage. They call on the faithful “to oppose it in a clear and decisive manner.” They consider that this law “will not have the nature of a veritable law, as it will be in contradiction with reason and moral standards,” and maintain that “everyone has the right to claim conscientious objection.”

 “It is our duty to speak out clearly at this moment when Spain is about to retrograde on the path of civilization with an unprecedented law which would seriously harm the fundamental rights of marriage, the family, young people and educators,” continued the prelates. Union between homosexuals is “in fact, a legal falsification of marriage, as harmful to the common good as counterfeit money would be to a country’s economy,” they added. “To take a stance against immoral dispositions which are contrary to reason does not mean going against anyone, but rather standing for the truth and the good of every human person.”

During an interview, published on November 20 last in the Italian daily La Repubblica, Pope Benedict XVI, at the time Cardinal Ratzinger, described the legalization of homosexual marriage in Spain as “destructive for society.”