reporters after the celebration of Palm Sunday Mass, the cardinal
warned that the Guatemalan bishops would file briefs before the high
court against the law. At the same time, however, he said the
official position of the Church in Guatemala regarding the legislation
would be made known after the bishops meet in April.
“This law is
manifestly unconstitutional because it does not respect the human
embryo, it does not respect the right of parents to teach their kids
about sexuality and it even forces private Catholic schools to teach
things that go against their consciences,” the cardinal said.
high court denied a motion by the country’s executive branch last
December to prevent the new law from being published in the official
daily after it was approved by Congress.
archbishop of Guatemala City, Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada Toruño, said
this past Sunday that the Church would oppose a new law on family
planning which is currently before the country’s Constitutional Court.
He said that the law is “manifestly unconstitutional.”