.- In comments this week about the Spanish governmentâs proposal to overhaul the countryâs abortion laws, Archbishop-elect Braulio Rodriguez Plaza of Toledo said abortion could not be considered âjust another form of contraceptionâ and that the practice points to âa failure in the sexual education of Spaniards.â
In an interview with the Toledo daily âLa Tribuna,â the newly appointed archbishop said the government is not open to any criticism of the new proposals and that he is convinced there has been a failure to adequately educate Spaniards in the area of sexuality. âThe government has failed because unwanted pregnancies are not dropping and thus other solutions need to be found. Abortion cannot be considered just another form of contraception,â he said.
âI think this canât be ignored by the government, but they have dug in, and I donât know why. I would like to know why abortion is being portrayed as a huge problem in Spanish society that must be addressed immediately, when there are other more serious problems,â the archbishop-elect added.
In the interview, Archbishop-elect Rodriguez said his appointment to the Archdiocese of Toledo was a âvote of confidenceâ from the Pope and that it is not like a political appointment in which the post is taken the next day. It has a different timetable, he said.