ZENIT News Agency, The World Seen from Rome
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 6, 2006 (Zenit.org).- A new Vatican document on "Family
Procreation" aims to "open the doors to the future research into these debated
The Pontifical Council for the Family published the 57-page document
other things, the document recalls that "the family is the only appropriate place
The introduction quotes the words given by Pope John Paul II in Puebla,
The Holy Father had stated that "the family is inbred in man and has
established by God. But today man has become a riddle to himself and is experiencing
the deepest crisis in history in his family dimension: The family is attacked as it
has never been before; the new forms of union are destroying it; the fertilization
techniques are totally ousting human love; the birth control policies are leading to
today's 'birth winter.'"
The document later states that procreation, "which is the means of transmitting
through the loving union of man and woman, must be human"; that is, it must be "the
fruit of man's actions."
"The act of union of man and woman," states the document, "cannot be
its inbred dimension, which is procreation and makes for responsible fatherhood and
motherhood. The marital moral rests all on this ground."
It continues: "Never before has the natural institution of marriage
and the family
been the victim of such violent attacks. The family and marital life models are
changing ? [and] if we look at the lengths people go to avoid having children,
including contraception as well as abortion, the eclipse of any reference to God
looks clear in the predominant view of responsible procreation."
The document also speaks of the "appearance of the apologia of the single-parent
family, the broken, gay, lesbian family."
"Gay couples claim for themselves the same rights as those that are
husband and wife, they even claim the right to adopt," the document observes.
"Lesbian couples claim for themselves the same rights, demanding laws that will give
them access to heterologous fertilization or embryo implantation."
In the section on "responsible fatherhood and motherhood," the document
the doctrine of "Humanae Vitae" about contraception. That doctrine rules out "any
contraceptive method" and demands that "the union and procreation factors be always
matched to each other in any marital act," as it legitimates only "periodical
continence," in other words "the use of marriage only in non-fertile periods."
"Man is a family being," states the document, "and as such he is a social,
political, economic, cultural, legal and religious being. The family which touches
on all of these essential aspects needs services, help, protection and endless