MADRID (ChurchMilitant.com) - Spanish bishops are blasting a law enshrining sexual orientation and gender identity as a protected class, and are being met with threats of prosecution.
In a letter published Sunday, the bishops of Getafe and Alcalá in central and northern Spain are decrying last month's passage of an anti-discrimination bill, which the prelates are asserting "denies the sexual [differences of] male-female and unity of the body-spirit person."
"[T]his law is in contradiction with the natural moral[s]," reads the letter, signed by Bps. Joaquin Maria Lopez de Andújar and Cánovas del Castillo, José Rico Pavés and Juan Antonio Reig Pla. It is inspired, they maintain, by an "inadequate anthropology."
The prelates list several important areas within civil society they argue are "seriously violated by this Act," known officially as the "Law on Protection against LGBTphobia and Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Identity in the Community of Madrid." These various elements, which the bishops have asserted the law is an "attack on," include freedom of religion and conscience, censorship and the right of parents to educate their children according to their own beliefs, freedom of expression, academic freedom and freedom of scientists and professionals in the search for truth.
"Most of the media," the letter maintains, "and many large companies want to impose 'ideologically' a 'single thought' to set aside the freedom and courage to seek the truth of the human person in your body-spirit unit and its male-female sexual difference."
The bishops go on to explain the dangers of such legislation among the LGBT community itself. "Among the real victims of our culture of relativism they are not less than those who suffer confusion about their own identity; a confusion that laws like this, will be further aggravated," they remark. "Pope Francis has asked us not to fall 'into sin of trying to replace the Creator. We are creatures, we are not omnipotent. What created before us and must be received as a gift. At the same time, we are called to guard our humanity, and that means first of all accept and respect it as created.'"
In conclusion, the three bishops call on faithful Catholics to build a culture "that overcomes the lies of ideologies and [is] open to the truth of creation and of the human person, an essential guarantee of freedom:"
We know that in this task, truly missionary, we need to pray with the words of Christ Himself, asking the Father to deliver us from evil. We fight against evil ... going to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and invoking St. Michael the Archangel [to] fight against evil by bringing the balm of mercy to those who suffer the wound of confusion and error. Your doctor is Christ and the hospital is ... the Church."
In response to the letter Monday, the Spanish Observatory against LGBTphobia has petitioned the Special Prosecutor for Crimes of Hate to charge the prelates with inciting "hatred and discrimination against the LGBT community." Additionally, charges are promoting "disobedience of the law" are being considered.