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International protection of marriage and the family

· To the Christian/Centrist Democrat International the Pope recalls the ethical foundation of politics and the economy ·

Respect for life in all of its phases

If the commitment to searching for a solid, ethical foundation in social action and the decisive protection of the family in the international square is lacking, it will be difficult to exit the current global crisis.  Recalling the Gospel, Vatican II, the Catechism of the Church , Centesimus Annus and the teaching of his Magisterium, Benedict XVI underlined at the audience with the members of the Christian/Centrist Democrat International on Saturday morning, 22 September, in the Hall of Swiss at the Papal Residence in Castel Gandolfo. The Pope stressed the responsibility of politicians to continue to focus on the “central and indispensable goal” of the common good and  the “protection of the inalienable dignity of the human person” instead of “responding to the requirements of market logic”. Such behaviour has ensured that until now, unfortunately, many clamorous offers have been made for  “cursory, superficial and short-term responses to the most fundamental and profound human needs”. Citing the Letter to Timothy Benedict XVI warns that the day could come that “people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths”. So the call to pay more attention to the moment when we are called to make “fundamental choices regarding the meaning of life and the search for happiness”. Most importantly, he called for a renewed commitment to respecting life “in all its phases from conception to natural death”; a duty which is  “interwoven with respecting marriage as an indissoluble union between a man and a woman and, in its turn, as the foundation for the community of family life”. The family is in need of greater protection since it is the basis of “social coexistence”. An authentic progress of human society “cannot forgo policies aimed at protecting and promoting marriage, and the community that derives therefrom”, the Pope concluded. Policies, he explained, that are “the duty not only of States but of the International Community as a whole, in order to reverse the tendency towards the growing isolation of the person, which is a source of suffering and atrophy for both individuals and for society”. This is what those who hold social responsibility must carry out.

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