The presidents of Europe’s episcopal conferences issue a message at the conclusion of a six-day meeting in the Holy Land.
In the message, they lamented the plight of refugees, called for peace in the Middle East, and discussed the importance of religious freedom and “the fundamental right of parents to educate their own children according to their convictions.”
In view of the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family, the bishops said that at the meeting of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE), “the human and Christian beauty of the family and its universal reality was reiterated: father, mother, children. The demographic decline to be seen in almost all European countries is a matter of particular concern.”
The bishops added:
The Church strongly believes in the family founded on marriage between a man and a woman: it is the basic cell of society and of the Christian community itself. It is difficult to see why different situations of coexistence should be treated in the same way. Of particular concern is the attempt to apply “gender theory”: it is a plan of the “one thought” which tends to colonize Europe, too, and about which Pope Francis has often spoken. The Church does not accept “gender theory” because it is an expression of an anthropology contrary to the true and authentic appreciation of the human person.