Category Archives: Mexico

Bishops of Mexico: Family Founded on Marriage Between Man and Woman is 'Pillar of Society'

EWTN News:

In a recent statement, the bishops of Mexico called the family, built upon the unity of man and woman, necessary for society to exist.

“The family, founded upon marriage, is a patrimony of humanity, an essential social institution,” the bishops said. “It is the vital cell and pillar of society. This affects both believers and non-believers. It is a reality to which all governments must give their full attention.”

The statement was read during a press conference attended by Bishop Juan Pedro Juarez Melendez of Tula, Coadjutor Bishop Jorge Carlos Patron Wong of Papantla and Auxiliary Bishop Victor Rene Rodriguez Gomez of Texcoco and secretary general of the bishops’ conference.

... In today’s culture, they added, “Love is reduced to an emotional feeling and the satisfaction of instinctive drives, with no effort to build lasting bonds of mutual belonging.”

The bishops recalled the teachings of Pope Benedict XVI, who has urged families to resist attempts to redefine the traditional family, “in which all of us have lived.”

... Committing to another person “is not something to be feared,” noting that fatherhood and motherhood is “a gift of God.”

Mexican Official: Same-Sex Marriage Not A Right

EWTN News:

An official from the Mexican Attorney General’s office warned that the state of Puebla's attempts to legalize same-sex "marriage" has nothing to do with human rights.

Official Juan de Dios Castro Lozano made his remarks during a conference in Puebla on Nov. 16 discussing the Mexican constitution. On debate surrounding the state's consideration of legalizing same-sex "marriage," he pointed out that civil unions for same-sex couples could be granted limited recognition under current statutes but not that of marriage.

Castro Lozano also expressed opposition to adoption by homosexual couples. “Adoption is not only a right belonging to adults, but also to children,” he said. The official offered his opinion that the scope of legal rights for same-sex partners in civil unions should stay within the bounds of public services, social security and related issues.

After SSM, What Next? Mexico Mulls Legalizing "Temporary Marriage"

Interesting to note: the same group that pushed for gay marriage in Mexico City is now pushing for "time-limit marriage":

Mexico City lawmakers want to help newlyweds avoid the hassle of divorce by giving them an easy exit strategy: temporary marriage licenses.

Leftists in the city's assembly -- who have already riled conservatives by legalizing gay marriage -- proposed a reform to the civil code this week that would allow couples to decide on the length of their commitment, opting out of a lifetime.

The minimum marriage contract would be for two years and could be renewed if the couple stays happy. The contracts would include provisions on how children and property would be handled if the couple splits. --Reuters

The BBC adds:

"...the bill has attracted criticism from families campaigner Consuelo Mendoza. She attacked the initiative as contributing to a "throwaway culture" in respect of society's institutions and said it would put children through the anguish of wondering whether their parents would stay together."

Mexican Presbyterians Sever Ties with U.S. Congregations Over SS Ordination


Presbyterians in Mexico are breaking ties with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) because of differences over homosexuality.

The theologically conservative National Presbyterian Church of Mexico voted to stop working with the U.S.denomination.

The PCUSA voted in May to remove barriers for ordaining people in same-sex relationships. The U.S. and Mexican churches share a 139-year history and a network of social service ministries.

Presbyterian leaders in the United States said they're saddened by the decision and hope to find a way they can continue helping the needy in Mexico and along the border.