The Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, asserted this week that the family must be protected. “If we attack the family, we destroy the future of society,” the cardinal said during his radio program.
He then reminded parents of their duty to teach their children values such as solidarity and love. When this duty is abdicated, the cardinal continued, the result is more gang-related activity. For this reason, parents must “assume their responsibilities.”
He also called on all Peruvians to commit themselves to the defense of the family and protect it from individualism and materialism.
“The idea that money, success and appearances are what matter most—that culture is greatly harming the family. The family is being eclipsed and obscured,” he warned.
“We celebrated the Day of the Family in order to remind fathers and mothers of the greatness of their vocation: we have been called by God so that together we can raise and teach (children) to love, to forgive and to develop their personalities, and that requires time and good example,” the cardinal said.