.- Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela of Madrid, Spain has expressed regret that Spain has become one of the most secular countries on issues such as the defense of life, marriage and the family.
In an interview following the Pope's weekend visit to Spain, the cardinal spoke with COPE radio network on Nov. 8. The cardinal remarked that Pope Benedict offered reflections on the country during the papal trip and denounced the ârevival of radical secularism.â
The cardinal added that the increase in secularism is âa bit strange at this point in time,â as it âappeared to have died out after the Second World War.â
Cardinal Rouco said that Spain is âfirst place in the rankings of secularismâ regarding laws dealing with the âbasic institutionsâ of society, such as marriage, the family and the right to life.
âWeâre number one in that area,â the cardinal lamented.
Spain passed a law last summer liberalizing and paying for abortions until the 14th week of pregnancy, providing for limited abortions up to the 22nd week and allowing them at any time during the term in cases of "extremely grave and incurable disease."
The country has also allowed same-sex âmarriageâ since 2005.