.- The Archbishop of Madrid and President of the Bishopsâ Conference of Spain, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, said Monday during the opening of the bishopsâ 93rd Plenary Assembly that the âcrime of abortion casts a shadow over the history of humanity,â in a reference to a measure the government intends to put forth this summer that would change the countryâs law on abortion.
The cardinal said the new law âattempts to reduce democracy to an empirical mechanismâ through which the approval of laws represents âsimply a sort of common denominator of diverse opinions and interests present in society, even when what is in question is the fundamental right to life.â
âWithout an objective moral foundation,â he continued, ânot even democracy can ensure a stable peace, and the more peace is not founded upon the values human dignity and solidarity between all mankind, it is often an illusory peace.â
Cardinal Rouco said Spain has been immersed in recent decades âin a process of deterioration of moral awareness with respect to the sacred value of human life.â
âSince the 1983 law decriminalizing abortion, the situation has worsened both in practice and in law,â he added.
The cardinal noted that the concern over abortion âhas always been at the center of the bishopsâ interests during recent decades.â