.- The chair of Canon Law at Madridâs Compultense University, Rafael Navarro-Valls, said this week the Socialist governmentâs gestures towards the Church could lead to a âpre-electoral thawing,â and he encouraged the faithful ânot to let down their guardâ at a âmoment of transitionâ like the upcoming elections in early 2008.
According to the weekly bulleting, Alba, during a speech at the Congress on Catholics and Public Life, Navarro-Valls referred to gestures that the Socialist government has made to the Church in Spain, such as the acceptance of religious persecution in the Law on Historic Memory, the sending of vice president Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega to the ceremony of elevation of three new Spanish cardinals at the Vatican, the reversal of a decision to denounce the accords with the Holy See, as well as the sending of a delegation to the beatification of 498 Spanish martyrs at the Vatican.
âThis does not mean this is not a tactic,â Navarro-Valls warned. There still exists an âevident and unjust discriminationâ in the field of education, he noted, resulting in the persecution of those âwho oppose the existence of an education that is akin to indoctrination.â
During his remarks, Navarro-Valls reaffirmed the need of the State and the Church âto recover its essencesâ in response to the extremes of excessive division or union between Church and State, and he defended the independence of the State and the religious freedom of the Church against such âperversionsâ as âfanaticism and fundamentalism or secularism: politics without morality.â