.- Celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Almudena in Spain, the Archbishop of Madrid and President of the Bishops Conference of Spain, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, renewed calls for respect for human life saying, âNobody can manipulate the human condition as it has been planned and created by God.â The Cardinal made his comments during a Mass celebrated in Madridâs central square on the Spanish feast of Our Lady of Almudena. The mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz Gallardon, as well as various political leaders, were among the 10,000 people who attended the Mass.
During his remarks, Cardinal Rouco Varela said, âThe Church defends the truth about man against the attacks on life and natural death, on the institution of marriage and the family, on the true meaning of human sexuality,â because the Church ârecognizes that nobody can manipulate the human condition as it has been planned and created by God.â
He went on to say that âcertain ideologies that disguise themselves as progress lead to the annihilation of the person,â and that âa society which turns its back on the law of God ends up dehumanizing itself and turning against man.â
âWe live in difficult times of cultural, human and spiritual crises of a very grave nature and with consequences for the lives of the smallest and most defenseless,â lamented the Cardinal. âIt is a spiritual crisis, which leaves man with no sense of the transcendentâ and which threatens âto pull God out of our society and out of ordinary life.â