South Bend, Ind., Jun 19, 2019 / 06:30 am
The Christian family must become a "radical" sign against a climate of despair and isolation Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles said Tuesday.
Gomez, who serves as the vice president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, delivered the speech June 18 as part of a four-day conference on Liturgy and the Domestic Church at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend.
"Our society has rejected what twenty centuries of Christian civilization considered a basic fact of nature - that most men and women will find their life's purpose in forming loving marriages, working together, sharing their lives, and raising children," Gomez said.
The archbishop explained that in previous decades preserving and promoting the family involved a cluster of issues, including divorce, cohabitation, contraception and abortion, same-sex relationships, and the sexual confusion of society. Now, he argued, the basic human imperative to marry and have children is being abandoned.