Valencia, Spain, Dec 3, 2019 / 17:49 pm
Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera of Valencia wrote Saturday that in the wake of an inconclusive general election, a pre-agreement between Spain's prominent socialist and left-wing populist parties could have grievious cultural repercussions.
Spain held a general election Nov. 10, the second of the year. Prime minister Pedro Sanchez' Spanish Socialist Worker's Party won 120 seats, while 176 is required for a majority in the Congress of Deputies.
Behind PSOE, the right-wing People's Party and Vox won 88 and 52 seats, respectively. Podemos, an anti-capitalist and populist party, took 35 seats.
PSOE and Podemos recently announced a pre-agreement for a coalition government, though they would still be 21 seats short of a majority.
“The effective economic repercussions have been immediate, the reactions and commentaries in Europe and Spain, besides being negative, leaves us in great fear,” Cañizares wrote Nov. 30 of the pre-agreement.
The cardinal also warned that the ten points of this pre-agreement have “some cultural, anthropological connotations and a vision of reality that go beyond economics and leave or create great concern.”
With the pre-agreement, he said, “a cultural change is established or engendered, one way of thinking is imposed, with a vision of man intended to be spread to everyone, the approval of euthanasia, the extension of new rights, gender ideology, radical feminism, bringing up historical memories that foment hatred and aversion.”
Cañizares said that the issues present in the pre-agreement “suggest and foresee a deepening and immersion into a very deep crisis above all cultural, but also a political and institutional, a democratic, social, religious crisis about what constitutes Spain in its reality and its very own identity.”