The Bishop of San Marino-Montefeltro, HE Mons. Andrea Turazzi wishes to address interested readers to reconfirm the position of the Church on the subject of Voluntary Termination of Pregnancy, with particular attention to the Referendum on Sunday 26 September
The Gospel of life
Without ifs, without buts, without perhaps, we are for the welcome of life. And it is not to defend an abstract principle, but to host a person: the story is the conceived, albeit fragile and defenseless.
We are on the side of the mother and the future father; in particular, we do not want the woman to be left alone either before or after the birth of her baby. In motherhood her beauty shines in an admirable way. The voluntary termination of pregnancy is never without consequences for the woman, a reason for the unique and sublime bond with the creature she carries in her womb. We believe that no woman faces abortion with a light heart; it is always a tragedy: we do not want to leave no stone unturned to find an alternative. We must ensure that never again a life does not blossom out of insecurity, mistrust, loneliness, lack of custody and protection or for economic reasons.
Many things have been said in recent weeks, weekly in bright tones. Have we listened to each other deeply? The stakes are really high, but that doesn’t justify the fight. And now how to live these last days of reflection and recollection? How to live the opportunity of the vote?
Putting one’s ballot in the urn is a right-duty, participation in the journey of the community, in the secret of conscience, in total freedom. It is an important gesture, an act of love, an opportunity to rethink the value of life, of being there and not being there, to realize the depth of this gift. For oneself and for others.
Today, with the progress of the sciences, with the means available, with the growth of the social sense, so much can be done to host the nascent life. We believe that the development index of a society is not evaluated so much with the economy, but with respect for the rights of all, starting with those who are fragile, defenseless, unborn.
And the days of the post-referendum will come. Whatever the outcome, we will be consistently committed to witnessing the Gospel, to a culture and a policy favorable to the family, to a leap of awareness and responsibility. We will look for friends to reorganize hope. Everyone is invited.
+ Andrea Turazzi
Bishop of San Marino-Montefeltro