Loading
Spanish lawmaker takes oath of office before crucifix
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- Catholic lawmaker Juan Cotino took his oath of office for parliament in Spain before a crucifix to show that the faith must not be excluded from public life.

Cotino made “an eloquent and courageous public gesture manifesting his own religious convictions, which he did not want to hide upon exercising his new mission as a political representative,” said Father Jose Maria Gil Tamayo, a member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

The priest spoke in an article for the June 12 edition of L’Osservatore Romano.

Cotino asked for a small crucifix to be placed next to the Constitution and the Bible before being sworn in on June 9. Since one could not be found, he brought a crucifix from his own office.

Several left-wing lawmakers and organizations in Valencia, as well as the newspapers El Pais and El Plural, criticized Cotino for the act.

Cotino’s gesture, Fr. Gil Tamayo wrote, “disrupts a false tendency being imposed on European public life with regards to the nature of religious acts in general and Catholics in particular, who in practice are granted a certificate of citizenship only in the private sphere, in the limits of conscience, in the sacred space of the temple or in occasional acts of public worship.”

After recalling that Catholicism is the religion of the majority in Europe, the Spanish priest warned that some minority groups want to impose an “unhealthy secularism” that banishes all religious acts, and ultimately God, from public and political life.

Fr. Gil Tamayo, who was director of the Committee for Social Communications of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference for 13 years, also pointed out that perhaps now more than ever, Christians “need to beg for a new Pentecost and to live the faith in public and social life, in their families, with their friends, in the culture, in art, at work and at play, with responsible and joyful consistency both personally and as a community.”

“This is about being a Catholic in public as well, on the streets, with the ‘God be with you’ that we used to say,” the priest wrote.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
Oct
31

Liturgical Calendar

October 31, 2014

Friday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 14:1-6

Gospel
Date
10/31/14
10/29/14
10/28/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Phil 1: 1-11
Gospel:: Lk 14: 1-6

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
10/31/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 14:1-6

Homily
Date
10/31/14
10/29/14
10/28/14