statement, the bishops recalled the words of Pope Benedict XVI to a
group of European lawmakers in which he laid out several
“non-negotiable principles” such as the defense of life from conception
to natural death, the recognition and promotion of the family, and the
protection of the rights of parents to educate their children.
With regard to
the family, the Pope noted in his address that this consists of “a
union between a man and a woman founded upon marriage” and that it must
be defended against efforts to make other radically different types of
unions legally equivalent.
called on the presidential candidates to “respond to the multiple
offenses that are committed against the truth of the human person and
against justice.” They exhorted the candidates to “use the final
days of campaigning to spread truth, justice and peace among all
Colombians. Your campaigns should be a model of tolerance and
reconciliation for all Colombians,” the bishops said.
The bishops also
emphasized the importance of voting in the elections, saying “the time
has come to express our love of country. Let us all try to
discern what the best option is for responding to the urgent needs of
Colombia,” they said.
the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for May 28 draw near, the
bishops of Colombia issued a statement this weekend reaffirming the
need to defend human life from conception to natural death.