Peruvian archbishop urges political candidates to outline positions on moral issues


Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren of Piura, Peru is calling on the country's presidential and congressional candidates to clearly outline their positions on abortion, marriage and the legalization of drugs.

At Mass on Feb. 13, the archbishop said Peruvians “do not want to go the polls ‘guessing,’ but rather we want to know who you are and what you really intend to do as leaders.”

Archbishop Eguren then referred to a poll released on Feb. 8 which showed that 92.2 percent of Peruvians disapprove of the legalization and consumption of drugs, 69.5 percent oppose homosexual unions and 76.3 percent are against abortion.

The results of this poll show that the Peruvian people “do not want ideologies foreign to our common sense, our Christian faith and the values that define us as Peruvians to govern us over the next five years.”

“We Peruvians reject all outside pressure and the pressure from small internal groups aligned with the anti-life and anti-family agendas that aim to impose on us the abominable crime of abortion,” he said.

Marriage, he added, will always be the loving union between one man and one woman, open to life. 

The archbishop urged Peruvians to draw close to Christ and to not be content with mediocrity.

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