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Eastern European bishops: ‘Europe, first of all, needs stable families’

September 15, 2016

Representatives of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Central and Eastern Europe met recently in Bratislava and discussed the crises of the family and the low European birthrate.

“It is necessary to foster the reflection on the European identity, which has always been connected with the family based on marriage between a man and a woman,” the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences said in a statement on the meeting. “Only a society with an offspring is a society with hope.”

“At present, Europe, first of all, needs stable families and a cautious population policy,” the statement continued. “Immigration is no solution to the demographic crisis.”

The bishops discussed other topics, including refugees and the persecution of Christians, and expressed the hope that “Europe becomes a continent that puts in the first place the respect for human life-- from conception to death-- and that support for the family and marriage has the first place in the awareness of public representatives.”


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Sep. 15, 2016 9:28 AM ET USA

    The Eastern European bishops expressed hope that Europe becomes a prolife continent that supports marriage and the family the way that God's intends them to be. What an acknowledgment of Europe's current apostasy and embrace of paganism! Having lived through the tyranny of "it takes a village," the bishops are intimately familiar with "The Communist Manifesto:" "But Communism abolishes all eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality, instead of constituting them on a new basis."