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In election statement, French bishops rue family breakdown, call for greater subsidiarity within EU

June 24, 2016

The permanent council of the Bishops’ Conference of France has issued a statement on the spring 2017 presidential election.

Calling for an “authentic democratic debate,” the bishops highlighted the importance of seven issues: democracy and violence, the person and society, education, solidarity, migration, Europe, and ecology.

In their discussion of these issues, the bishops said that a society is judged by how it treats the weakest and that we are “responsible for respect for all life from its beginning to its end.”

Social cohesion, they added, is the fruit of family cohesion and said that the “first victims” of divorce and family breakdown are the children.

In their discussion of Europe, the bishops called for a greater respect of the “historical and cultural fact” of national identity and the “genuine practice of subsidiarity” within the EU. The prelates also lamented the often “inhuman” conditions in which migrants to France are living.

 
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