One sole family

  • Italiano

The people of the Family Day asks recognition for the family based on marriage, as stated in art. 29 of the Italian Constitution. Many of the participants at the last meeting were non-believers, but they believed in the family. There were few politicians and bishops. There were also separated people, widows, and grandparents who looked rather different from those you can see in TV ads after a night spent on a bus or in a train.

In all cultures, a family is formed by a man and a woman who become parents after giving life to their children. It is not a question of judgement, but of defining the differences between the various social groupings. A family grounded in marriage is not the same as living together, or a homosexual couple, or a single person. All of them have dignity, but they are essentially different. Certainly, also a single person – just think of a widower or simply an unmarried person – can create a family atmosphere. Yet, it is different from an environment where children grow with a father and a mother, male and female, with their brothers, in a journey of fidelity and responsibility that needs constant renovation and revitalization.

Homosexual couples do not provide for the essential need of the child to grow up with a father and a mother, as certified by the pedagogy, psychology, and nature itself. Children’s Home, in its original shape, consisted of a mother and a father figure who were married, or not, but in the latter case they did not have a sexual and affective relationship with each other, but lived together in a spirit of fraternity and community journey, inspired by a certain kind of spirituality. The Children’s Homes of Pope John XXIII Community are certainly original, but, as their founder taught us, they are based on love between a man and a woman, on a single mom or dad (sometimes a religious man or wooman) or even – although not often – on two female figures who help each other and share their life with those who do not have a family. Yet, in the latter case, they do not have carnal relations, which are an exclusive gift of the sacrament of marriage for people on a journey of faith.

Homosexuals and labor unions protest; also ordinary families have the right to express their opinion freely, in a non-violent way. The laws that are going to be approved in the following years with regard to these questions will determine the cultural approach of our young people and of the future society.

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