Pope says children deserve married parents
Pope Benedict XVI told a weekend conference organised by the Pontifical Council for the Family, that children have the right to parents who are married.
"Children have the right to be born and to grow within a family based on marriage," said the Holy Father, who invited the ecclesial community to "present in all its richness the extraordinary value of marriage that, as a natural institution, is the 'patrimony of humanity.'"
Zenit reports that the Holy Father addressed the meeting in Spanish, and stated that "the present phenomenon of secularisation ... hinders the social conscience from properly discovering the identity and mission of the family institution."
In recent times, he continued, "unjust laws" have been approved that "are ignorant of the fundamentals of the same."
"New forms of marriage have been proposed, some of them unknown in the cultures of the nations, in which its specific nature is altered," he said in an implicit reference to so-called same-sex marriage.
"Truly, children are the greatest wealth and most appreciated good of the family," the Pope continued. "That is why it is necessary to help all persons to become aware of the intrinsic evil of the crime of abortion that, in attempting against a human life in its beginning, is also an aggression against society itself."
The Church reminds "politicians and lawmakers, as servants of the social good," of their duty "to defend the fundamental right to life, fruit of the love of God," he added.
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6 Dec 2005