Madrid, Spain, Apr 23, 2021 / 16:00 pm
Spain’s bishops have a “troubling disagreement” with the country’s coalition government, led by socialists, which aims at restricting freedom of conscience and marginalizing the teaching of religion in schools, the secretary general of the bishops’ conference has said.
Bishop Luis Javier Argüello Garcia, Auxiliary Bishop of Valladolid, said that while relations in ordinary interactions with government agencies are "cordial and constructive," with regard to the government’s legislative program there is "troubling disagreement.”
Euthanasia was legalized in the country earlier this year.
Pedro Sánchez of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party is prime minister of Spain. His government is a coalition with Unidas Podemos, a left-wing alliance.
"We are concerned about the (government’s) legislative program because we are seeing how an anthropological vision is being proposed and set in place," Bishop Argüello explained.
He pointed to recent laws which make clear the government’s anthropological vision, such as the education law which eliminates the optional subject of religion from the student’s grade point average and sidelines state subsidized (mostly Catholic) private schools to the point of their probable demise; the legalization of euthanasia; and the law on minors which undermines parental rights.
Proposed legislation includes a bill allowing minors to seek gender transition without parental consent, and to allow 16 and 17 year olds to procure abortion without parental consent.
"Certainly this proposal worries us and so in our relationship with the government and its legislative agenda we are a state of disagreement," Bishop Argüello said.