.- Archbishop Lluis Martinez Sistach of Barcelona warned this week that Spainâs new law granting approval to homosexual âmarriageâ would alter Spanish society by âmodifying the institution of marriage, recognized throughout the world as the union of a man and a woman.â
The archbishop warned that the impact of this law would be âvery negativeâ for Spanish society. Marriage, he said, âis the basic cell of society, and the good of personsâof spouses, but above all, of childrenâdepends greatly on the health and normality of marriage and the family.â
âWe cannot forget that laws are not neutral and that, in the long or short run, they determine how we live together,â the archbishop added in an interview published by the EFE news agency.
Regarding the secularism of todayâs society, Archbishop Martinez acknowledged that âit is difficult to explicitly proclaim Jesus Christ, when men and women are living as if God did not exist in a process of increasing relativism and with little or no sense of the transcendent.â However, the archbishop recalled that âwhat is impossible for man is possible for God. We do not evangelize alone. The Risen Christ works in us, He is the one who takes center stage.â
Lastly, he expressed his hope that Pope Benedict XVI will continue to foster the relationship between the Church and young people, âwho are the future of the Church and of humanity.â