Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, the archbishop of Mexico City, warned that a society which fails to protect and support the family is destined to collapse.
“We must fight to prevent a widespread mentality from sacrificing the family on the altar of selfishness, consumerism and individualism,” Cardinal Rivera said during the celebration of the Day of the Family, commemorated in Mexico on the first Sunday of March.
“Because a society that destroys its families is a society doomed to destroy itself.”
During his remarks, he observed “signs of death” in modern culture “that the family must confront,” such as the increase in the number of divorces due to an erroneous understanding of marriage.
“The meaning of the truth of marriage” has been lost “because of cohabitation, divorce and homosexual unions,” the cardinal said.
“The number of abortions has also increased, as the death of the family goes hand in hand with the death of human being. The weaker the family is, the more unprotected human life is,” he added.
Cardinal Rivera noted that in May the VII World Meeting of Families will take place in Milan, Italy, and will focus on emphasizing “the need for a culture of life, a culture of humanity, a culture of the person, a culture of the community.”