.- The bishops of Spain expressed this week their intention to continue speaking out âin opportune and timely momentsâ in an effort to âawakenâ the consciences of Catholics regarding the issues of the day.
Spokesman and general secretary of the Bishops Conference of Spain, Father Juan Antonio Martinez Camino, at the conclusion of a meeting of the conferenceâs Executive Committee, stated, âWe intend to influence, not impose, in the debate on the issues of the day. We will speak out at opportune and timely moments.â
Father Martinez clarified that the Spanish bishops have not and never will press for citizens to engage in public protests on the streets in favor or against any certain issue. âPeople are free to act as they see fit and Catholics likewise can exercise that right.â
Regarding the debate surrounding euthansia, Father Martinez reaffirmed the bishopsâ 1998 statement. âEuthansia is immoral and anti-social,â the bishops said then. âThis continues to apply today,â insisted Father Martinez.
Regarding State funding of the Church, Father Martinez said the Bishops Conference does not expect drastic changes in this area. âState funding is important and does not constitute a privilege; however, although the Church has its rights in a democratic state, this is a not a matter of life or death and it does not constitute a limit on her freedom,â he said.
Likewise, the secretary of the Bishops Conference addressed the possible approval of a proposal to make homosexual unions equivalent to marriage, recalling that in such a case âthe State would be discriminating against marriage between a man and a woman.â
âIt would be an unjust legislation that would endanger the common good,â said Father Martinez, although he clarifeid that this does not equate to âignoring the human dignity and rights of homosexuals.â