.- The President of the Bishopsâ Conference of Spain, Bishop Ricardo Blazquez, said this week the bishops carry out their pastoral work ânot in reaction to the initiatives of the government,â but in faithfulness to âJesus Christ and the Gospel,â which they proclaim âboldly and without fear.â
Making his remarks as the bishops opened their fall assembly, Bishop Blazquez noted that rather than interpreting everything the bishops do as a ânoâ, âit should be understood as the reverse of a huge âyesâ.â
When the bishops oppose such issues as abortion, euthanasia and same sex unions, he said, they do so in order to denounce âthat which confuses, degrades, wastes and leads man astray.â
Regarding the governmentâs new policy on education, Bishop Blazquez expressed his hopes that it was still possible to come up with one that would satisfy âalmost all sectors of society.â
He said the bishops not only want religion to be recognized in the new education policy, but also that the education of young people in Spain âbe improved, as the present and future of our society is determined by it.â
During their gathering the bishops will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the closing of Vatican II. Bishop Blazquez said the commemoration would serve as a means of deepening their understanding of purpose for which the Popes convened the historic event.