.- The Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, is calling on that countryâs presidential candidates to incorporate the Churchâs social teachings into their policy proposals, saying its application would bring âmuch good to society and would make people more awareâ of the different problems facing Peru.
In a message addressing the upcoming elections on April 9, the cardinal noted that the Church has the right âto apply the Gospel in the complex world of production, work, business, finances, commerce, law and culture, in which man is immersed on a daily basis.â
Cardinal Cipriani added that the defense of the culture of life is the key to protecting the future of the country. âIt is urgent that we stop the abortion tendency that has invaded the legislative environment; the constant attempt to dissolve marriage with permissive laws that facilitate divorce; the trampling of male and female sexual identity through so-called gender ideology,â he stated.
âThis danger can be resolved,â he continued, âif serious educational reform is undertaken aimed at recognizing the transcendence and the interior spiritual value of the human person, thus avoiding reducing manâs dignity to mere material wellbeing.â
In his letter the cardinal also recalled that âthe principal mission of the State is to keep the country in order, in conditions ideal for private initiative and creativity,â and he emphasized that âtherefore it is important that the private sector understands that it must assume its grave responsibility of sharing in the Stateâs direct responsibility of taking care of basic services.â