Pope blesses Mass offered for reform of abortion laws
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
12/30/2013 (3 years ago)
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The Spanish government is on track to pass a law that would protect children and women from abortion by correcting a 2010 law that allowed abortion on demand up to 14 weeks of pregnancy.
The Mass for the family was widely attended and served as a rally for supporters of reform.
MADRID, SPAIN (Catholic Online) - The Spanish government is reforming its law at the urging of the Catholic Church and the majority of Spaniards, who feel that a 2010 law permitting abortion on demand up to 14 weeks was dangerous and excessive.
The reform would restrict abortion only to cases of rape and those cases where a mother's life was in danger. Most Spaniards want the reform to be even more comprehensive than that and are petitioning the government for a complete abolition.
The Church has not been silent on the matter. At an open-air Mass on Sunday, Madrid Archbishop Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, explained that a problem with the current environment is that "not even the gift of life is understood as being definitive and inviolable and, therefore, neither is the gift of love."
The government has already pledged to change the law, but reforms must pass parliament. This passage is expected.
At the Sunday Mass, Catholics celebrated the pending reform, and as the Mass, part rally, made world headlines it has inspired believers in neighboring countries such as France and Italy to call for similar reforms. Changes are less likely in those countries however.
Pope Francis addressed the Mass by video link and gave his blessing.
Most attending the Mass told reporters that the reform did not go far enough. Still, it is a move back in the right direction. It is also a reminder that while abortion and homosexual lobbyists are extremely vocal and have enjoyed victories in recent years, they do not represent the mainstream in most countries.
In countries such as Spain, which is reforming abortion laws to protect life, and nations such as India, which is affirming that homosexual activity is unnatural and immoral, we see that much of the world still appreciates traditional values such as life and marriage.
What is happening in the libertine world is hopefully an anomaly, and a resurgence of conservative traditionalism, and faith, is fervently desired as recent developments prove.
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