The Church believes that the content of the draft of the Organic Law for the Protection of Sexual and Reproductive Rights threatens “the new life” that is being developed “in the bosom of women” who decide to abort. The text, which the Government intends to approve on Tuesday in the Council of Ministers, contemplates that women over 16 years of age can interrupt pregnancy without parental permission.

In a meeting with the press to present the annual report of activities, the general secretary of the Episcopal Conference, Luis Argüello, has assured that it is a regulation that does not take into account the “scientific” criteria that consider the embryo conceived as a “different life” from that of the mother. Argüello estimates that the general orientation of the text hits “a red line in terms of civilization.”

“There is a right of the strong against the weak when deciding to eliminate a new life,” added the spokesman for the Spanish bishops. The president of the Conference, Juan José Omella, has lamented the lack of public aid for “women who do not want to abort”.

The highest representatives of the Holy See in Spain have also addressed the investigations into cases of pederasty opened in Spain. Specifically, they have distanced themselves from participation in the one initiated by the Ombudsman. “We will give him full collaboration, but we do not see it clear to enter because we cannot be judge and jury.”

Both Omella and Argüello defended the reaction of the Spanish Church in cases of abuse. They clarified that in the last 20 years, 250 cases of clerics have been sent to the Holy See and that complaints from more than 30 years ago are being investigated in which the alleged perpetrators “have already died and cannot defend themselves.”

Monsignor Argüello has made a quantitative reflection on the initiative of the Congress to request information on the ongoing investigations. “The Prosecutor’s Office has notified that there are 69 cases open throughout Spain that affect the religious sphere, when in total there are 15,000” corresponding to other situations: “That the seat of national sovereignty is only interested” in what affects the Church ” It makes us uneasy,” said Argüello, who still believes that the responsibility of the religious institution is “qualitative.”

The president of the Episcopal Conference has also defended the intervention of Pope Francis in the war in Ukraine, whose efforts he has described “as if to take his hat off”. Omella considers that the Pope “is not equidistant in condemning the criminality of the invasion,” although he points out that the language used on certain occasions intends to “seek a solution” to the conflict.

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