.- The president of the Bishopsâ Conference of Guatemala, Bishop Alvaro Ramazzini, called on the countryâs Congress this week to approve a law on adoptions âthat protects the rights of the child and strongly confronts the excesses and immoral attitudes of those who have made a business out of adoption.â
âThe people of Guatemala and the Catholic Church hope and desire that the Congress approves this law on adoptions on December 11,â the bishop said in a statement.
He urged Congress to âfulfill its historic responsibility with regard to this issue,â and he noted that in Guatemala, the adoption of children is âa commercial activity that has become very lucrative, thus stripping it of the nobility of giving an abandoned, indigenous, handicapped or unwanted child to a family and a stable home.â
Babies are being treated as âsimple merchandise that can be bought and sold,â the bishop decried. This is just another symptom of the âprofound crisis of human and moral valuesâ that is affecting Guatemala, he said.