· Intervention by Cardinal Secretary of State ·
“Not only is it a defeat in terms of Christian principles, it is a defeat for humanity”. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, said this, referring to the referendum in Ireland legalizing gay marriage. “I am very sorry about this outcome”, he said. Then, referring to a statement by the Archbishop of Dublin, he added, “The Church must take this reality into account. She must do it by strengthening her commitment to evangelize”, also evangelizing our culture.
The Cardinal made these statements when he was questioned by journalists on Tuesday afternoon, 26 May, at the international conference “Rethinking Key Features of Economic and Social Life”, organized by the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation in Rome.
Responding also to a question on the next Synod, Cardinal Parolin underlined that the family must always be central and we must do everything to defend, protect and promote it. Because, he said, “the future of humanity and of the Church, even in the face of certain recent events, depends on the family”. “Not supporting the family is like taking away the basis on which the future is built”.
The Cardinal also spoke about the upcoming publication of Francis' encyclical dedicated to protecting creation. Speculating, he said, “the Pope will recall the moral principles which are at the basis of commitment to the environment and which must be shared by all”. He continued by affirming that all all papal encyclicals on matters of society have strongly insisted on the centrality of the human person. In fact it is an “idea that the Church always proposes and reproposes”.
The conference on the social doctrine of the Church and the world of business opened on Monday afternoon, 25 May, in the New Synod Hall in the Vatican. The international meeting is focusing on issues regarding wealthy and impoverished economies: on the possibility of growth which does not necessarily imply compulsive consumption, the future of employment and the “informal” economy.
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