.- A prominent lay Catholic in Spain who was recently named to the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Lola Velarde, said this week that Spainâs President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapateroâs secularist agenda is the launching pad for efforts to promote secularism in Europe and Latin America.
Velarde told the Spanish weekly Alba that Spain has become âin partâ a trial ground, because âif this secularist agenda can be implemented in a traditionally Catholic country, it will be much easier to âexportâ it to other countries like those of Latin America.â
Velarde, who is also president of the European Network of the Institute for Family Policy, said she wasnât inferring there was a âworldwide conspiracyâ or a âworldwide secularist agenda with headquarters in Spain,â but rather that there exists a âsecularist, relativist, gender ideology-based current that has many protagonists and in which Spain plays a key role.â
She said her work as member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity would be to unveil this agenda, provide analysis and point to âsolutions and avenuesâ to combat it, as well as âto be a voice for the laity of the Church, especially the laity that work in public life.â
Velarde thanked Pope Benedict XVI for naming her to the new post and said that as president of the European Network of the Institute for Family Policy, she hoped to offer solutions and analysis about the problems families face in Spain and the European Union.