MEXICO CITY (CNS): The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family has called on world leaders not to write laws that “decapitate” the family.
Speaking at the World Congress of Families in Mexico City, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo said that by adopting “unnatural” laws” the world is committing harakiri by (abandoning) fundamental family values in which marriage is the lifelong union between a man and a woman”.
“Many parliaments today … are imposing something undignified, something that will bring ruin,” Cardinal Lopez said on March 29.
Cardinal Lopez urged political leaders to respect the institution of marriage as one in which “procreation is the essential task of the family”.
The third annual congress gathered pro-family activists from around the world for three days of panels and symposiums geared toward developing political and social agendas to forward traditionalist views of family.
Also speaking at the conference was president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Renato Martino, who warned of the growth of “anti-cultural” lifestyles in the modern world that put the traditional family at risk.
Cardinal Martino said the materialism and promiscuousness – “so attractive and successful in our day” – threaten not only the family, but society itself.