Declaration of the Pontifical Council for the
Family regarding the Resolution of the European Parliament dated March 16,
2000, making de facto unions, including same sex unions, equal to the family
The communications media report that the European Parliament
has approved a Resolution regarding human rights in the European Union which
also considers de facto unions, including the registered cohabitation of
persons of the same sex, and the need to recognize 'legal marriages' between
persons of the same sex.
This Resolution represents a grave and repeated attack on the family based on
marriage, a union of love and life between a man and a woman from which life
naturally springs. Every society is solidly based on this marital union
because it is a necessary value. To deny this fundamental and elementary
anthropological truth would lead to the destruction of the fabric of society.
Doesn't making 'de facto' unions, and all the more homosexual unions,
equivalent to marriage, and inviting Parliaments to adjust their laws in this
sense, represent a refusal to recognize the deep aspirations of peoples in
their innermost identity?
Throughout history peoples have wisely recognized what marriage is and
involves and now, through this Resolution, it is being subjected to a
distorted interpretation by the European Parliament. Happily, the Parliaments
of Europe will surely be in harmony and agreement with the great majority of
European families who urgently need help in their noble mission and who now
see themselves unjustly considered as equal to this type of 'union' through
the Resolution in question which has no authentic legislative value nor is a
compulsory guideline. The specific nature of the family based on marriage is
recognized by most of the European Constitutions. Moreover, this nature is not
just a truth for believers: it is the natural heritage of humanity that is
written in every person's heart and characterizes the culture of peoples.
Lawmakers, therefore, and in particular Catholic members of parliaments,
should not favor this type of legislation with their vote because it is
contrary to the common good and the truth about man and is thus truly unjust.
Vatican City, March 17, 2000
Alfonso Cardinal López Trujillo
Francisco Gil Hellín