.- Archbishop Antonio CaÃ±izares Llovera of Toledo, Spain, said this week his pubic statements against euthanasia constitute an âunavoidable dutyâ to teach the truth and authentically serve society.
The Archbishop said his role was to show Christians âthe truth of the faith and of Christian moralityâ and to serve society, because âif I were quiet, I would be going against this societyâ and against man.
Speaking to reporters, Archbishop CaÃ±izares Llovera said measures that would legalize euthanasia, widen access to abortion and research with human embryos, are not in the interest of mankind.
He added that while he respected the non-sectarian nature of the State, it presupposes that âall confessions and beliefs be respected,â including the Catholic Church, which sometimes seems to be only the voice ânot allowed to speak.â
Civil baptism: extreme stupidity
Asked about his opinion on the celebration of what some are calling âcivil baptisms,â the Archbishop stated, âTo call this baptism is extreme stupidity.â
This past Sunday, officials in Catalonia celebrated the first âCeremony of the imposition of a nameâ for a new born. During the celebration, which has its roots in the French Revolution, the mayor of Igualada read excerpts from the UN Charter for the Human Rights of Children, as well as excerpts from the Spanish Constitution that refer to education, with the purpose of welcoming children into democratic principles.