.- The secretary general and spokesman of the Bishops Conference of Spain, Fr. Juan Antonio Martinez Camino, criticized the governmentâs proposal to make homosexual unions equal to marriage, emphasizing that âthere are many unjust laws that were approved by the majority.â
âThere are things that, while they may be legal, will never by just or moral, if they are against human dignity and human institutions such as marriage,â he said of the Socialist governmentâs proposal that has majority support in Parliament.
Speaking on the Spanish network Telecinco, Martinez Camino lamented that there is a desire to make âthe covenant of love open to life and to children between a man and a womanâ equivalent to same-sex unions, which âthe Socialist Party (PSOE) did not campaign for during the elections.â âIn any case, it is not embraced by the Church, or by reason or justice, and it should be corrected if the common good is to be served,â he said.
Campaign about euthanasia
Referring to an informational campaign launched by the bishops against euthanasia which began this Sunday, Martinez Camino said it is not aimed at âresponding to the governmentâs proposalsâ but rather it is an effort âby the bishops to fulfill their obligation to ensure Catholics know the Catholic positionâ regarding this issue. It is a position âwhich can be perfectly defended by reasonable arguments,â he underscored.
Funding for the Church
Regarding State funding for the Church, Fr. Martinez Camino said the State should maintain âa channel of financial assistanceâ for the Church because âit provides social services to millions of people.â
He added that the Church as a human institution needs resources. âThe Church gives more than it receives,â he emphasized, pointing out that what the Church receives from the State in funding is equivalent to what a small company spends on marketing. â$142,000 of the $181,000 that is received comes from Catholics who have requested their deductions be set aside for the Church,â he underscored.