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Cardinal lashes anti-family ideology

Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, has criticised "an ideology hostile to the family [that] is spreading in some parliaments not only in Europe, but in America too."

Speaking to a packed audience at the Doha International Conference on the Family, he suggested that the traditional model of the family transcends cultures.

"One truth that is present in a profound way in all cultures and religions is that of the family based on marriage, the only worthy and appropriate place for conjugal love," he said.

Cardinal Trujillo said it is "necessary to oppose ''polyform sexuality", underlining that "recognition of 'de facto' unions, which are a legal fiction, proposing same-sex unions as an alternative to marriage, and inventing new, unacceptable notions of marriage to the point of accepting the adoption of children, are grave signs of dehumanization." This is not discrimination: this is protecting spouses and children.

Noting that spouses are "cooperators with the love of God the Creator," he said "responsible motherhood and fatherhood express a concrete commitment to carry out this duty, which has taken on new characteristics in the contemporary world. The roles of father and mother are complementary and inseparable; they presuppose that specific, interpersonal relations are established between the children and the parents.

Cardinal Trujillo also spoke at length on the question of motherhood, saying that the Vatican is "disturbed by the dramatic devaluation of motherhood in our societies".

Motherhood, he said, "is closely tied to the personal structure of the human being and the personal dimension of the gift". A mother's contribution, he said, is decisive in laying the foundations of a new human personality.

He insisted that the family maintains a pride of place in which the state has no right to interfere.

"The family, a natural society, exists prior to the State, any other political organisation or juridical institution. Therefore, the originality and identity of the family based on marriage must be recognized by the political authorities."

Strengthening complementarity of motherhood, fatherhood (Vatican Information Service 30/11/04)

"Exacerbated feminism" imperils family, cardinal says (Catholic World News 30/11/04)
Pontifical Council for the Family

31 Dec 2004