.- The Bishops Conference of Spain has announced that December 26 it will dedicate the traditional âFamily and Lifeâ Day to the defense of marriage between one man and one woman.
During the announcement, General Secretary of the Conference Father Juan Antonio Martinez Camino said, âWhoever attempts to erase that distinction between marriage and other forms of living together and unfortunately attempts to erase a distinction that is evident to anyone who has eyes to see, causes grave harm to reason and to society.â
The defense of marriage between a man and a woman as a ânatural, rational and humanâ reality is defended in a pamphlet published by the bishops called, âHe Created Them Male and Female,â the phrase from Genesis that emphasizes âthe fundamental anthropological basisâ for marriage; as âall marriage based on reason and human nature has this fundamental characteristicâ which guarantees âthe biological, spiritual and moral survival of humanity.â
âThe Church did not invent marriage,â Father Martinez Camino said. Marriage is a reality that âexists chronologically and culturally even before Christianityâ in cultures such as that of the Roman empire.
The pamphlet also points out that âthrough a father and a mother, a child acquires his personal and identity as a male or female.â
âMan is a being meant to live in community and therefore human beings are fundamentally different as men and women,â the pamphlet states.
âNot all human relationships are marriages nor can they be, but not only when they are sacramental, because marriage is a human reality, not merely a Catholic one, which enables society to welcome children with dignity.â