RC Bishop blames UNESCO for ‘Promoting Homosexuality’

Abortion a bigger problem than joblessness, says Catholic Church

Bishop warns of UNESCO plan to “make half the world population homosexual”

AURORA MUÑOZ LARA Madrid01/01/2012

Cardinal Archbishop Antonio Rouco Varela used an open-air gathering in Madrid’s Plaza Colón on Friday to attack the policies of the previous Socialist Party government, calling for a repeal of legislation that provides for abortion on demand, as well as same-sex marriage.


“Life is a sacred right that humans have been given by God,” Rouco told the faithful gathered in bright winter sunshine from a stage dominated by a 68-meter-long altar and backed by a 12-meter-high cross.

Rouco railed against the current situation in Spain and Europe, declaring that Christ had lived in times of historic blindness, and that we were now in one of those times.

“The family is under attack in Spain,” said the archbishop, who is also the chairman of the Spanish Bishops Conference, insisting that abortion and euthanasia in Europe was a deeper crisis than the economy or politics.

Also present at the Mass, the first major open-air event staged by the Roman Catholic Church in Spain since the Popular Party (PP) government took office last week, were some 30 bishops from around the country. Pope Benedict XVI, in a message from Rome, said the Christian family must be a “refuge for loyalty, respect and understanding.”

“Whoever refuses to defend a conceived but unborn person is committing a serious violation of moral order. The death of an innocent can never be legitimized. To do so is to undermine the basis of society,” said the pontiff.

The gathering in Madrid under the motto “Christian Family: the hope of Europe” was organized by the Bishops Conference and Catholic organizations.

Organizers had expected up to 500,000 worshippers, but police said the figure was much lower.

The Spanish Catholic Church is also concerned about homosexuality. During his Boxing Day sermon, the Bishop of Córdoba, Demetrio Fernández, said there was a conspiracy by the United Nations. “The Minister for Family of the Papal Government, Cardinal Antonelli, told me a few days ago in Zaragoza that UNESCO has a program for the next 20 years to make half the world population homosexual. To do this they have distinct programs, and will continue to implant the ideology that is already present in our schools.”

Spain brought its abortion laws in line with most other European countries in 2010, allowing abortion on demand up to 14 weeks of pregnancy and up to 22 weeks if there is fetal malformation or threat to the health of the mother.

Before its introduction abortions were offered under restricted circumstances and rarely in a public hospital. Terminations were allowed only until the 12th week of pregnancy in cases of rape or until the 24th week if a woman’s mental or physical health was in danger.

The legislation saw a series of huge demonstrations by pro-lifers across Spain, supported by the Catholic Church and the PP.

Pope Benedict XVI launched an implicit attack on the reforms when he visited Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia in November 2010, warning of a “strong and aggressive secularism” that was undermining traditional family values.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has said he will repeal some aspects of the legislation, but has yet to clarify what exact measures he will take. “We will change the current legislation model relating to abortion in order to reinforce the protection of the right to life as well as female minors,” states the electoral program, the key issues of which were published by Spanish media on Sunday.

“Motherhood must be protected and supported. We will defend a law protecting motherhood with measures helping pregnant women, in particular those in difficult situations,” the PP said during the election campaign.

One can sympathise with the Roman Catholic Church’s position on the problem of  ‘abortion on demand’ that seems to be currently accessible in most Western societies. However, the Roman Catholic Church has to take some responsibility for part of the high levels of abortion being directly attributable to their insistence on an embargo against the practice of contraception. ‘Unwanted pregnancy’ is often the plight of the poor – who are denied the use of contraception, except by the ancient and unreliable means of  the so-called ‘rhythm method‘ of avoiding pregancy. Rome’s view of sexual intercourse being limited to intentional procreation is contrary to what actually happens in the life of ordinary couples, among them practising Roman Catholics.
The other, reprehensible suggestion, by Cardinal Antonelli, that UNESCO has a plan for the actual perpetuation of a culture of homoe-sexuality in the world at large, according to the following paragraph in this report, is risible:
“The Minister for Family of the Papal Government, Cardinal Antonelli, told me a few days ago in Zaragoza that UNESCO has a program for the next 20 years to make half the world population homosexual. To do this they have distinct programs, and will continue to implant the ideology that is already present in our schools.” 
No wonder the R.C. Church seems to no longer have credibility in the discussion of important areas of human sexuality. The reality of homosexuality, that it not a ‘chosen sexual orientation’. has yet to be understood by the hierarchy of the Church.
 Fayther Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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