THOLICS ADVISED ON WHO TO VOTE FOR

The Episcopal Conference last week asked Catholics not to vote for any party that had held talks with the Basque terrorist group ETA. The Conference’s spokesman, Monsignor Juan Antonio Martínez Camino also asked Catholics to vote for parties that respected the Church’s freedom, had a programme compatible with religious faith, defended the moral dimensions of life as well as human life at all its stages “from conception to a natural death”, and the family based on heterosexual marriage. He also included parties that did not exclude God and religion from daily life, that did not support the Socialists’ Education for Citizenship course in schools and helped immigrants and the victims of domestic violence. Of these “commandments”, the ruling socialist Party only complies with the last one. The bishop did not mention any party by name but said: “There are parties and election programmes that are closer to what the Church defends.” Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero told a rally in Orense, Galicia province last Friday night that “the Bishops have fallen into the temptation of using terrorism against the government”.

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