Sunday, February 5

Cardinal Cañizares says Macron’s words on abortion are “a direct path to hell”

The Cardinal Archbishop of Valencia, Antonio Cañizares, has denounced that “(Emmanuel) Macron’s words on abortion are an open road to hell”, after the President of France proposed last week to reform the European Charter of Fundamental Rights to include new realities such as the protection of the environment and the recognition of the right to abortion.

In an academic ceremony at the Catholic University of Valencia (UCV), Cañizares assured that the Spanish Government’s law that punishes “those who inform or pray for life” in the vicinity of abortion clinics with prison is “a outrageous with very serious consequences,” according to the academic institution in a statement.

Proposals like Macron’s or the Government’s derive, in his opinion, from the “crisis of Western culture”. He has warned that “the secular society that is presented today is, in reality, secularist and carries a single thought, which considers the defense of human life in all phases of its existence to be a moral imposition, regardless of its size or the number of cells that compose it.

“Reason by itself becomes cold and loses its criteria,” said Cañizares. “It becomes cruel because there is nothing about it (…): Science without conscience turns against man and destroys him. We then see that the road to hell is open,” he added.

The rector of the Católica, José Manuel Pagán, has also asked to respond to “the threats present today in our society”, among which he has pointed out “abortion and the aberrant proposal made by Macron, euthanasia, gender ideology and so many others that have their origin in the denial of human nature”.

On the other hand, he has defended a use of reason that “goes beyond mere scientific experimentation, which cannot answer the fundamental questions of the human being”, defending that “that is why theology is so important today”.

He has also invited the faculty of the UCV to “help young people find the meaning of life”: “Today’s world suggests that happiness lies in power, money or pleasures. Faced with this approach, our university must offer an alternative based on freedom: freedom to achieve a full life, to achieve happiness; in short, free to love”, he stated.