Uproar over Vatican family document positive: Cardinal Trujillo

Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo is unfazed by the controversy generated by the new Vatican document Family and Human Procreation which defended traditional Church teaching on abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception.

LifeSite reports that the Cardinal said the public uproar over the document, released on 6 June to mark the 25th anniversary of the Pontifical Council for the Family's establishment, has drawn attention to the Church's teaching and provided a new opportunity to influence secular culture.

"We added nothing that was not already in the ecclesial tradition," he remarked.

Family and Human Procreation should be a reminder to politicians, the Colombian cardinal continued. "The politician who does not follow Catholic moral teachings is cordially invited to re-read the doctrine of the Church, the anthropological arguments, and the truths that have a validity in and of themselves - not from the perspective of faith but simply from the human perspective," he said.

Asked whether the Church might lose the sympathy of some people who take different positions on disputed political issues, Cardinal Lopez Trujillo conceded that "there is a certain risk."

But that risk is outweighed, he says, by the obligation of Church leaders to provide clear teaching, to warn of the dangers of exploiting human persons, and to offer convincing arguments in an effort to sway those who disagree.

Cardinal Trujillo refused to be drawn into a discussion of public statements by Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, the retired Archbishop of Milan, who had adopted a more "liberal" stand on issues such as embryonic-tissue research.

Cardinal Lopez Trujillo said that he would not comment on the Italian cardinal's statements because "partial and incomplete opinions are often reported in the papers." However, he did say that "what I read, and what emerged from the newspaper accounts, was not a position in accord with Church doctrine."

Vatican Cardinal Welcomes Controversy On Human Sexuality (Lifesite 15/6/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Pontifical Council for the Family
Fifth World Meeting of Families
Harvest Pilgrimates | World Meeting of the Holy Father with Families
Bishops' Committee for the Family and for Life (recently renamed Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life)
Letter of His Holiness Benedict XVI to the participants in the Fifth World Meeting of Families

Family institution under attack, says Vatican document (CathNews 7/6/06)
Bishops urging parishes to join World Meeting of Families celebration (CathNews 31/5/06)
Sexuality, globalisation on cardinals' agenda (CathNews 24/5/01)

16 Jun 2006