Monday, June 20, 2005

Interesting Question, Great Answer

Questioned as to why the Spanish bishops' conference had chosen to make an explicit public statement of support for the June 18 demonstration [against giving legal sanction to 'marriages' between homosexuals], and not for other public rallies such as an earlier rally against world hunger, Cardinal Rouco Varela said that the distinction flowed from "the nature of the problem and the need for a response." The bishops are already engaged in the fight against famine, he said, through charitable agencies such as Caritas. And no proposed governmental action would endanger that charitable work, as the proposed change in marriage law would endanger the family. "If a law prohibited or suppressed aid to the Third World," he said, "you can be sure that we would demonstrate against it."

- Catholic News Service