Families are key to the future, says primate
The Primate of All-Ireland Archbishop Eamon Martin has said the family unit is decisive to the future of the world.
Speaking at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, he said: “We must work together with all people of goodwill to encourage the State to support the family, and especially the uniqueness of the faithful and exclusive union between a married man and a woman as a cherished space for the bearing and upbringing of children.
“In doing this, the State is not only caring for its citizens, but it is also strengthening and nurturing the foundations of society itself.”
The archbishop added: “As Pope Francis has said: ‘The family deserves special attention by those responsible for the common good, because it is the basic unit of society, which brings strong links of union that underpin human coexistence and, with the generation and education of children, ensure the renewal and the future of society’.”
Archbishop Martin said the Catholic Church was not suggesting that it wanted the State to overly intrude into, or replace, the important autonomy of the family.
He said: “We believe that if the institution of the family is harmed, then all of society suffers.
“As the vital circle and community of love and support in society, the family is much more than an economic or social unit. It is a privileged space for care, education, health promotion, mediation, security, community cohesion and safety.”Tags: Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop Martin, families, family, Ireland, Primate, WMOF, World Meeting of Families