.- The Catholic bishops of Poland have issued a document on the value of healthy families and pro-family policies. At one point, they clearly warn Catholic politicians that they risk excommunication if they voice support for or acceptance of abortion.
The 100-page document, titled âTo Serve the Truth about Marriage and Family,â is a compilation of Catholic doctrine on the value of family life. It was drafted by the bishopsâ Council for Family Issues. Polskie Radio reports that the document discusses the duties of society towards the family as a crucial, fundamental part of a healthy society.
Discussing the duties of Catholic politicians specifically, the document said it is âabsolutely not trueâ that a politician or government member âhas to, or can, act against his conscience.â
âWhen it comes to God's law, everybody is equal, politicians included,â the Polish bishops said.
The bishops said that anyone who publicly contradicts fundamental moral values, such as the commandment âThou Shall Not Kill,â by voicing support or acceptance of abortion should be immediately excommunicated, Polskie Radio says.
Fr. Andrzej Rebacz, head of the bishopsâ Council for Family Affairs and the National Chaplain for Families, commented on the document. He cited Pope John Paul IIâs warning about âvery strong, organized attacks on marriage and the familyâ and said these attacks could destroy the âChristian spiritâ of Europe.
âThese attacks include promotion of sex education at schools,â he added. âWe have to remember who was the first to introduce the idea of sex education.â
Fr. Rebacz charged that sex education was developed by the Hungarian GyÃ¶rgy LukÃ¡cs, whom he described as a âcommunist ideologue.â The priest said LukÃ¡cs thought promiscuity was the best method to fight the institution of marriage, âin order to fight Christianity.â
Last year Polish Health Minister Ewa Kopacz, a self-described Catholic, was reported to have arranged an abortion for a 14-year-old. Catholic groups protested and brought up the question of whether she should be excommunicated.