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Tuesday, November 30, 2004


VATICAN CITY, NOV 30, 2004 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Bishop Luis Guillermo Eichhorn of Gualegiaucji, Argentina, as bishop of Moron (area 130, population 670,000, Catholics 548,500, priests 78, permanent deacons 34, religious 147), Argentina.  He succeeds Bishop Justo Oscar Laguna whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese was accepted upon having reached the age limit.
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VATICAN CITY, NOV 30, 2004 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences:

- Seven prelates from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (Region V) on their "ad limina" visit:

    - Archbishop Alfred Clifton Hughes of New Orleans with Auxiliary Bishops Dominic Carmon, S.V.D., and Roger Paul Morin and Archbishop Emeritus Francis Bible Schulte.
- Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Lake Charles. 

    - Bishop William Benedict Friend of Shreveport.

    - Archbishop Thomas Cajetan Kelly, O.P., of Louisville.

- Professor Hans-Gert Poettering, president of the Group of the European Popular Party and of the European Democrats.

  Yesterday evening, the Holy Father received Cardinal Kazimierz Swiatek, archbishop of Minsk-Mohilev, Belarus and apostolic administrator "ad nutum Sanctae Sedis" of Pinsk, Belarus.
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DOHA, NOV 30, 2004 (VIS) - Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, addressed an overflow crowd this morning at the Doha International Conference on the Family which began yesterday in the Qatari capital and ends this evening with the Doha Declaration. The cardinal spoke on ''The Complementarity of Men and Women - Building on the Strengths of Mothers and Fathers.''

  He began by noting that "one truth that is present in a profound way in all cultures and religions is that of the family based on marriage, the only worthy and appropriate place for conjugal love," with the couple's "complete, reciprocal self-giving. … A child, God's most precious gift, is the fruit of this mutual self-giving, and the spouses are associated with God, the source of human life, with their complete masculinity and femininity." He said that the loving relationship between 'you' and 'I', through procreation, becomes 'we', a family."

  "Today," he underscored, "an ideology hostile to the family is spreading in some parliaments not only in Europe, but in America too. … In fact, in the past decade, the complementarity between a man and a woman and the overcoming of any opposition between the sexes have strangely been negated. The abuses deriving from a certain kind of 'male chauvinist' domination …are not valid arguments for an exacerbated feminism that considers marriage and the family a place of slavery, and fatherhood and motherhood an unbearable burden that turns into fear."

  Cardinal Trujillo said it is "necessary to oppose ''polyform sexuality", underlining that "recognition of 'de facto' unions, which are a legal fiction, proposing same-sex unions as an alternative to marriage, and inventing new, unacceptable notions of marriage to the point of accepting the adoption of children, are grave signs of dehumanization." This is not discrimination: this is protecting spouses and children.

   Noting that spouses are "cooperators with the love of God the Creator," he said "responsible motherhood and fatherhood express a concrete commitment to carry out this duty, which has taken on new characteristics in the contemporary world. …The roles of father and mother are complementary and inseparable; they presuppose that specific, interpersonal relations are established between the children and the parents.

  "Motherhood," said Cardinal Trujillo, "is closely tied to the personal structure of the human being and the personal dimension of the gift. A mother's contribution is decisive in laying the foundations of a new human personality. … The father's role, which all too often is obscured, is of great importance in the formation of the children's personality and in the decisive choices that concern their future. … This reciprocal influence of the father and the mother is manifested in the complementarity of the paternal and maternal roles in a child's upbringing."

   "The family, a natural society, exists prior to the State, any other political organization or juridical institution. Therefore, the originality and identity of the family based on marriage must be recognized by the political authorities."

 "We are disturbed by the dramatic devaluation of motherhood in our societies," declared Cardinal Trujillo. "Motherhood is … a life in the service of a vocation of the greatest importance for individual persons, for the family, and for the whole of society. … Authentic family policies should take this into consideration." He also stressed "the need for greater awareness of the father's role in the family's educational task."

  In concluding remarks, the council president said that "in the State's protection of the family, the real interests of the State coincide with those of the family and children. It is in the family first of all where human capital is formed on all levels: that is, the wonderful resource that consists of a human person brought up with a sense of responsibility and a job well done.  This is what Pope John Paul II states in the Encyclical 'Centesimus Annus': 'The first and fundamental structure for 'human ecology' is the family, in which man receives his first formative ideas about truth and goodness'."
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VATICAN CITY, NOV 30, 20004 (VIS) - This morning the Holy Father received 4,000 priests and seminarians of the Legionaries of Christ and members of the "Regnum Christi" movement on the 60th anniversary of the priestly ordination of their founder and superior general, Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado.

  The Holy Father said that this "happy circumstance" of their founder's anniversary "invites us to recall the gifts that he has received from the Lord in these 60 years of priestly ministry and at the same time it is an occasion to highlight the commitments that you have taken on as Legionaries of Christ at the service of the Gospel."

  "In particular today, coming to see the Successor of Peter, you want to renew the commitment of your total fidelity to the Church and to him who providence wanted as its pastor."

  John Paul II underscored that in order to carry out the "difficult mission" of proclaiming the Gospel "it is necessary to cultivate constant intimacy with Christ, striving to follow and imitate Him docilely. This will make you always ready to respond to the most genuine and profound expectations of the men and women of our time."

  "May the Year of the Eucharist, which began in October," he concluded, "be a promising occasion to grow in love for the Eucharist, source and summit of all of Christian life. ... Stay close to the Eucharist!  Faithful to the charism that characterizes you, continue in your evangelizing mission, while nourishing yourselves with Christ and being fearless witnesses."
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