.- Archbishop Jorge Ferreira da Costa Ortiga of Braga and president of the Portuguese Bishopsâ Conference denounced this week âall inclinations and attitudes that threaten to undermine the reality of the family,â including so-called âmarriageâ between âpersons of the same sex.â
During the opening of the bishopsâ Plenary Assembly, Archbishop Ferreira also said, âRecognition of indissoluble monogamous marriage between a man and a woman, the only authentic form of the family, must never be weakened.â
He said it was sad to witness the problems that are experienced in the homes of this âsupposedly advanced societyâ and the âcases of poverty and hunger that are right here at our side.â The archbishop also criticized the law on divorce recently approved by Congress saying, âThe family is the fundamental cell of each and every balanced society.â
The archbishop questioned the approval of laws that only âfractureâ Portuguese society and said voters must respond to the new political initiatives.
He concluded his remarks by calling for unity in resolving the problems caused by the global financial crisis. At the same time, he added, âWe cannot ignore and neglect the great difficulties in which many families find themselves.â