CHILE: Card. Errazuriz against the “ideological colonialism of abortion”

From CNA:

Cardinal affirms Chile’s rejection of abortion

Santiago, Chile, Sep 21, 2010 / 05:52 pm (CNA).- During the celebrations commemorating Chile’s bicentennial, Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz of Santiago called on the faithful to continuing building their country on the foundation of the Gospel, which has been the basis for rejecting the new cultural and ideological colonialism of abortion. [Note the use of “colonialism”.]

The Chilean bishops, he said, are committed to doing everything in their power to ensure the country continues to value the “treasure it received from its inception, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

He then made reference to the Christian values that have been part of the fabric of the nation from the very moment Spaniards first arrived in Chile, and noted the contributions made by the native peoples and immigrants throughout the centuries.

“In 1520 the first Mass was celebrated at the Straits of Magellan. Soon after missionaries ventured into lands known and unknown with only the courage of Christ in their hearts. The baptisms they administered were precisely what sowed a new relationship, which they passionately defended against many powerful conquistadores,” the cardinal said.

He also thanked God that Chile has opposed the new cultural and ideological colonialism by defending the life of the unborn.

St. James, pray for us!

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  1. Tony Layne says:

    “Ideological colonialism” … I like that. Did His Eminence come up with that, or was it the CNA writer?

  2. Lily says:

    As a Chilean-born Catholic living in the U.S., I’m thrilled to see this! I still remember Pope John Paul II’s visit to Chile in 1987 – I was five, he was on TV, and my mom and I were sitting on the bed, watching. She was crying.

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