Spain: Opposition to the law on homosexual “marriage” and adoption

Source: FSSPX News


On June 30, 2005, the Spanish deputies approved the text according homosexuals the right to marry and adopt children, by a vote of 187 to 147. “We are not the first country” to adopt such a law, the head of the socialist government, José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, declared before the vote. In fact, Spain follows in the steps of the Netherlands, Belgium and Canada. The Spanish Senate rejected this bill on June 22, by a vote of 131 to 119.

On June 18, a demonstration in Madrid against this law received the official support of the Catholic Church and the political opposition. Organized by the Spanish Forum for the Family, it brought together more than 180,000 people from all over Spain. At their head were some twenty Spanish bishops, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, Archbishop of Madrid, several representatives of the Popular Party of Aznar, followed by numerous young people and children.

The Spanish bishops called on Catholics to “oppose by all the means that the State by law puts at the disposal of citizens” laws which are “radically unjust and that no longer recognize the anthropologic and social reality of the union between a man and a woman in its specificity and in its irreplaceable value for the common good, in the concrete, for the personal realization of the spouses and for the procreation and education of children”. (The Spanish bishops repeat here the conciliar inversion of the ends of marriage. The traditional teaching places the procreation and education of children in first place. Redactor’s note) “Our laws now no longer exercise an adequate protection of the rights of parents, children and educators”. Civil employees must refuse to celebrate marriages between homosexuals in the name of “conscientious objection”.

On July 2, the Family Forum called for a new demonstration to demand a popular referendum.

At the Vatican, Osservatore Romano declared: this law is “an attempt to disfigure the most authentic face of humanity” and “the task of stopping this downward slide of humanity belongs to everyone and not only to believers”.

After privately receiving Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela in a private audience, Benedict XVI addressed the 1,600 pilgrims from Madrid brought by their archbishop: “We must go to the ends of the earth to carry the light of the message of Christ to all, the message on the meaning of life, of the family and of society, going even to those who live in the desert of abandonment and poverty”. “The Church in Madrid wants to be present in every domain of daily life and also through the means of social communication” for the love of God, “generous and unconditional, is offered not only to those who listen to the Messias but also to those who ignore him or reject him”. “In a society thirsting for authentic human values and which suffers from so many divisions and ruptures, the community of believers must be the bearer of the light of the Gospel, with the certitude that charity is above all communication of the truth”.