.- Bishop Antonio Reig of Segorbe-CastellÃ³n, Spain, says abortion is a âsilent holocaust,â and that it cannot be considered âprogress,â adding that the state which promotes it is âtotalitarian.â
In the diocesan newsletter, Bishop Reig denounced the 77,000 abortions that take place in Spain each year, warning that âthe most serious crisis which could happen in Spanish society is to accept this silent holocaust and to affirm it as progress.â
In the newsletter, the bishop mentioned âpost-abortion stress syndrome,â which afflicts âthe majority of those who have had an abortionâ and which leads to âdisorders that require psychiatric and spiritual help.â
âTo destroy a child in the womb of his mother can be relatively simple, but it is not so easy to get it out of her mind and her heart. Sometimes, post-abortion stress syndrome is incurable. There are many cases in which only the Sacrament of Penance and religious therapy can cure the mother,â the bishop said.
Bishop Reig added that if a mother suffers with an abortion, the State actually comes out worse from this âcultural crisis.â âWhen a State is accomplice to this despotic freedom, it automatically becomes a totalitarian State,â because abortion âis unjustifiable in every sense.â
On the other hand, Bishop Reig underscored the relationship between chastity and marital fidelity. He attributed divorce to the lack of âsomething as forgotten as chastity.â In his judgment, âwhen there is no chastity, which protects faithful love, the conjugal relationship is resented, and the doors to infidelity and all types of perversion are opened.â
Moreover, the bishop stated that another cause of marital breakups is selfishness, because âwith any difficulty separation and divorce are thought to mean more progress and freedom than forgiveness and reconciliation.â
Lastly, Bishop Reig expressed his disapproval of granting homosexual unions the status of marriage. âIt is not licit to call to diverse realities the same name,â he explained.