Director Calls It a "Juridical Good to Be Protected"

ROME, MARCH 19, 2007 ( Amid trends to erase the divine imprint on marriage, the director of a symposium called the family "a juridical good to be protected."

The congress was organized this month by the Regina Apostolorum university's Institute of Higher Studies on Woman.

The congress's director, Patricia Martínez Peroni, a professor at Madrid's Universidad CEU San Pablo, explained that from the point of view of natural law, the family is the same today as it was 100 years ago.

What has changed of late, she said, is that ideologies have tried to erase the divine imprint on the communion of persons that takes place in marriage between a man and a woman.

These ideologies have led to "a new social engineering where the person and family are reconstructed according to new theoretical models and cultural paradigms," said Martínez.

Looking at these new trends, the professor explained that current European legislation "offers the most worrying lack of protection for the family. … Although North America was the pioneer in the sexual revolution, when it comes to lashing marriage and the family, precedents already existed in Europe."

These trends have lead to social policies of family orientation that are "uprooted from a correct anthropology," Martínez asserted. They have "become mere ideology and artifices of power subject to a constructivist positivism where they alienate their services from the reality of man as such."

The family is not merely a biological reality but "the realm that shelters human life in its gestation and perfectible development so that the person will attain his fullness as creature with a transcendent dimension," Martínez added. The person "is by nature not only corporal but also spiritual in profound unity."

Martínez concluded that "because of this, the family is a juridical good to be protected, given that it is the realm itself in which humanity develops."


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