.- The Apostolic Nuncio to Spain, Archbishop Manuel Monteiro de Castro, compared euthanasia with Hitlerâs racial purging and said both situations are âthe consequence of a society without God.â
âWhen values have their foundation in man, they are very fragile. Itâs enough to look at the 20th century,â the Portuguese prelate said in a recent interview.
He noted that in some countries, âeuthanasia for children with defectsâ is being considered. They are doing so âbecause, they say, they are not useful for society,â the Nuncio said. A society based âsolely on man with no regard for God is very fragile,â he stressed.
Regarding the role that religion plays in society, the Nuncio referred to the two encyclicals by Benedict XVI, âDeus Caritas estâ and âSpe Salviâ, in order to point out the importance of charity and hope. âHope means that our lives have a goal that is transcendental. Otherwise we just get lost,â he said.
He also pointed to the important role religion plays in fostering understanding, noting that in the wake of important events, âwe have seen how leaders come to visit the Pope and nobody told them to,â such as the recent visit of the king of Saudi Arabia to the Vatican. âI am convinced that his visit was the result of the famous speech at Regensburg,â Archbishop Monteiro said.
Regarding the situation of Christians in Muslim countries, he acknowledged that âthere are difficulties,â but âthe Holy See is active and we are doing everything we can to improve the situation,â he said.