Rome Newsroom, Dec 11, 2020 / 08:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
The Catholic bishops of Spain called Friday for a day of fasting and prayer ahead of the expected approval of a bill to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in the country.
In a Dec. 11 message, the Spanish bishops’ conference asked Catholics in Spain to observe a day of prayer and fasting on Wednesday, Dec. 16, “to ask the Lord to inspire laws that respect and promote the care of human life.”
The Congress of Deputies, the lower house of Spain’s legislative body, will soon vote on a bill, introduced in January, which would legalize both euthanasia and assisted suicide.
If the bill passes as expected, it will go to Spain’s senate, before returning to the Congress of Deputies for final approval.
The bishops expressed alarm at the “suspiciously accelerated manner” in which the bill had been introduced and moved through parliament during the pandemic, arguing that the process had not included “listening or public dialogue.”