.- In his weekly pastoral letter, the Archbishop of Valencia, Cardinal Agustin Garcia-Gasco, again defended the family and said Catholics should vote in the upcoming elections for those who defend it and strengthen it.
The cardinalâs letter, entitled âFamily and the Economy,â emphasized that thinking in terms of the family âhelps to envision a more just and more humane world economy,â because âthe being and mission of the family helps to achieve more justice between nations.â
âFaced with the upcoming elections,â Cardinal Garcia-Gasco stressed, âChristians should study the different electoral proposals to discern which ones respect the purpose of the family and, on the contrary, which ones foster directly or indirectly unstable relations.â
He warned that âsome reduce the family to a mere âunstable coupleâ,â adding that the Church âproclaims that the family is the basic cell of society and therefore deserves special and specific protection that must not be confused with other human relations.â
Christians âmust be committed to making sure the social value that a stable, permanent family is for its members and for society is recognized,â he continued.
âWhen the family answers to its true identity,â the cardinal said, âit promotes an authentic experience of peaceâ as âit is not based on egoism or hedonism, but its commitment extends out so that all members can have what they need to live decently.â
Cardinal Garcia-Gasco pointed out that in Spain today, âmany married and engaged couples experience tremendous difficulties which they must face in order to have decent housing and to provide basic sustenance for the family.â
âThere is a direct relationship between shared values and the proper functioning of the economy,â he stressed. The âkeyâ for ensuring the economy favors the common good is âthe creation of a climate of mutual trust, respect for oneâs word, keeping oneâs commitments, stability in the law for the proper exercise of civil freedoms and basic rights.â