.- Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela of Madrid warned the government of Spain this week it cannot force doctors to perform abortions or to distribute the morning-after pill.
During the closing of a course on ethics and the future of democracy at the University of San Pablo, the cardinal said that in the case of judges who deny marriage to a homosexual couple, âthe situation is different.â
The case of doctors and pharmacists, he said, is âvery clear.â Catholic politicians âcannot be active subjects in the drafting of a lawâ such as the law on abortion or homosexual marriage, the cardinal added.
As regional elections approach this Sunday, Cardinal Rouco called on voters to prudently cast their ballots. âNo party completely represents the Gospel,â he pointed out.
He went on to note that todayâs society is undergoing âa moral crisisâ that is mainly affecting the right to life and marriage. Some laws are questioning and even destroying the conscience, he said. The State has no right to make itself âthe creator and shaperâ of the family,â the cardinal warned.