Bishop Juan Jose Asenjo of Cordoba in Spain said last week that the rights of the family “are based on natural law” and that whoever attacks the family is undermining peace.
“Families need a home, work, and the due recognition of the domestic activity of parents. They need schools for their children and basic health care aid for all,” Bishop Asenjo said, noting that when families are not helped, they are deprived “of an essential resource in the promotion of peace.”
The bishop also called on the media “to promote respect for the family” and on the faithful “to redouble their efforts” to defend it.
Bishop Asenjo also explained that the rights of the family “are based on natural law, which is inscribed on the hearts of all men.” “The denial or restriction of these rights, or the obscuring of the truth about man, threatens the very foundations of peace.”
“In the heart of the family children learn a genuine respect for peace, as the language of the family is a language of peace, intertwined with experiences of forgiveness and reconciliation. There children learn the vocabulary of peace, that grammar that every child learns through the gestures and gazes of their parents even before they understand their words,” the bishop said.