Sunday, June 05, 2011

Pope: Gay Agenda & Abortion Dooms Society

Pope Benedict XVI, addressing hundreds of thousands in Croatia, warned that Europe is doomed if Christians do not reject secularization, but rather uphold the 'Christian family' and oppose abortion and euthanasia.

For background, read Pope Calls Secularized, Anti-Christian Europe to God and also read Pope's Words Accentuate the Christian Challenge in Society

UPDATE 1/20/12: The Pope, and Obama's War on Christianity

-- From "Europe doomed if conscience isn’t rediscovered, Pope says" posted at EWTN News/CNA 6/4/11

“If, in keeping with the prevailing modern idea, conscience is reduced to the subjective field to which religion and morality have been banished, then the crisis of the West has no remedy and Europe is destined to collapse in on itself,” the Pope told a gathering of members from Croatia’s civil society in the capital of Zagreb on June 4.

“If, on the other hand, conscience is rediscovered as the place in which to listen to truth and good, the place of responsibility before God and before fellow human beings – in other words, the bulwark against all forms of tyranny – then there is hope for the future.”

This forming of consciences rooted in faith and reason is where “the Church makes her most specific and valuable contribution to society,” said the Pope, stressing that this formation should begin in the home, the parish and the school.

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From "Stop disintegration of the family in Europe: Pope" by Philip Pullella, Reuters 6/5/11

Pope Benedict warned on Sunday that the traditional family in Europe was "disintegrating" under the weight of secularization and called for laws to help couples cope with the costs of having and educating children.

"Unfortunately, we are forced to acknowledge the spread of a secularization which leads to the exclusion of God from life and the increasing disintegration of the family, especially in Europe," he said in his sermon on the edge of the capital.

The sermon reflected the Vatican's belief that the Catholic Church in Europe is under assault by some national governments and European institutions over issues such as gay marriage, abortion, religious education and the use of Christian religious symbols in public places.

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From "Pope denounces 'disintegration' of Europe families" by Nicole Winfield, Associated Press 6/5/11

. . . while Croatia is nearly 90 percent Catholic, it allows some legal rights for same-sex couples and, thanks to leftover communist-era legislation, permits abortion up to 10 weeks after conception and thereafter with the consent of a special commission of doctors. Elsewhere in Europe, including in Italy, marriages are on the decline as more and more people choose to just live together.

He urged parents to affirm the inviolability of life from conception to natural death — Vatican-speak for opposition to abortion, saying "Dear families, rejoice in fatherhood and motherhood!" He also urged them to back legislation that supports families "in the task of giving birth to children and educating them."

"We want our children to continue to call their parents 'mamma' and 'papa' because that's their natural names," he told the applauding crowd. "Children have the right to publicly state that a 'father' and a 'mother' gave them life," he said, adding that the church also had the right to demand the government reverse its abortion law.

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Also read Pope: Societies drifting into a "desert of godlessness"