.- Archbishop Francisco Gil Hellin of Burgos and member of the Committee on the Family and the Defense of Life of the Spanish Bishops Conference, said in a statement last week that âmarriage is an institution that has its origins in creation and preexists any religion.â In the statement distributed by the Fides news agency, Archbishop Gil Hellin explained the Catholic position regarding the legalization of homosexual âmarriage,â noting that âwhat the Church defends is a natural institution, the marriage of any person no matter what their faith.â
âThe Church does not wish to ignore societyâs appraisal of homosexuals nor the social repercussions that would occur from making their unions equivalent to marriage; rather, the Church always goes out to meet man in order to give him an answer in conformity with the truth,â the archbishop noted.
He went on to note that the Churchâs response to the reality of so-called homosexual âmarriagesâ âis not arrogant or pretentious because God himself has become present in history and has manifested to man his end, his destiny and his final goal.â
Archbishop Hellin also noted that, thanks to Godâs revelation to man, âthe Church knows that in the beginning the Creator created man and woman to form a stable community oriented toward procreation.â The Church cannot abandon this truth, he said, âeven knowing that she will be misunderstood, misinterpreted, persecuted and mistreated.â
The Churchâs opposition to same-sex unions âis not a question of scorn or discrimination against people with homosexual tendencies,â the archbishop maintained. âRather, what the Church defends is that the foundation of society is in the interpersonal communion between one man and one woman, that is, in marriage.â
Lastly, Archbishop Hellin pointed out that âthe men and women of our day should realize that the attacks against the Church are in reality attacks against them.â