- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 26, 2004

MADRID (Agence France-Presse) — The Catholic Church in Spain yesterday declared war on government plans to legalize “marriage” and adoption by homosexuals, denying the concept of “sexual orientation” and branding same-sex relations “intrinsically bad.”

The socialist-dominated parliament voted last month to legalize homosexual “marriages” next year and give same-sex couples the right to adopt children, which would make the historically conservative country one of the most liberal in Europe.

The move has infuriated the Catholic Church, whose bishops announced on Dec. 10 they would organize protests to express their opposition to homosexual politics and to promote marriage as a union to be contracted solely between a man and a woman.

The bishops published yesterday a statement titled “Man and Woman Created He Them,” charging that “homosexual tendencies, even if not a sin, must be considered objectively as troubling.”

“One cannot choose between man and woman,” the bishops said, adding that “sexual difference is given to us” and that the concept of “sexual orientation” is “erroneous.”

“Homosexual behavior is always ethically reprehensible even if individual culpability must be judged with prudence,” the statement said, calling such behavior “intrinsically bad from the moral point of view.”

Marriage is “always and solely the union of a man and a woman,” the bishops said. “Two people of the same sex have no right to contract a marriage. The state, for its part, cannot recognize this right, which does not exist, without acting in an arbitrary manner.”

The government plans “must be opposed clearly and incisively” and the right of adoption by homosexual couples rejected, the statement said.

The head of the Catholic Church in Spain, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, said in an interview published yesterday by the daily ABC that homosexuals should not be “illtreated, injured or marginalized” but could not be “placed on the same level as the family.”



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