.- Archbishop Agustin Garcia-Gasco of Valencia, Spain, is calling on the Spanish to avoid becoming âsilent spectatorsâ in the wake of the current changes and transformation taking place in the society of the third millennium and to not allow âhistory to steer us toward the absurd and to suffering.â âHuman freedom and social responsibility allow us to change what appears to be the course of history,â the archbishop said in his weekly letter, alluding to the disturbing state of affairs in areas such as scientific research, the family, public opinion and womenâs issues.
In his letter, the archbishop said that genetic research that allows âselfish or economic ends to trump ethics is a grave error,â adding that âethics violations translate into victims who we then try to forget about or silence.â
Referring to the area of public opinion, Archbishop Garcia-Gasco lamented that âsome polls seem to have been carried out in order to spread preconceived ideas against religion as trendy and worthy of imitation.â
Regarding family issues, the archbishop criticized the media for presenting relationships âthat in reality conceal a lack of service and commitmentâ as ânormal and good.â
He also expressed his concern for the increase in aggression against women, calling it âan intolerable sign of moral degradation.â
The legal advances in favor of women âare many times juxtaposed against the very serious contradictions of a society that has become violent towards women,â the archbishop warned, noting that âfostering in the young people of Spain the values of true love and family is an unavoidable challenge.â
He also expressed his âconcernâ for stay-at-home moms who âare not recognized as âworkersâ, and whose work is often ridiculed, as if raising a family were not as valuable as having a job.â âThe family fulfills the aspirations of the human person much more than jobs do,â he said.