Avenir de la Culture
PARIS, France, January 15 — The fervor of over 650,000 demonstrators who attended last Sunday’s “March For All” — together with the more than 50,000 others who simultaneously participated in the pro-marriage march organized by Civitas — demonstrated that the support for Traditional Marriage is very strong and that the people of France are not going to lay down their arms.
Catherine Goyard, spokesperson for the pro-family organization Avenir de la Culture, stated that the pro-traditional marriage message must not be watered down by the Bishop’s Conference, many of whose members seemingly fail to understand the depth of the Catholic reaction to the ultimate attempt to overthrow civilization. This in fact, is a revolution.
Mrs. Goyard reiterated the message set forth in a public manifesto which Avenir de la Culture published in December addressing the bishops on the issue of marriage: “Respectful Appeal to the French Bishops: Have No Fear! – The proposal of an improved ‘civil union’ as an alternative to ‘marriage for all’ divides Catholics and weakens the reaction.”
According to the spokesperson, most members of the episcopate have confined themselves to a position that falls well short of that taken by lay Catholics protesting the socialist government’s promotion of same-sex “marriage.” She stated that such a position allows the Government to continue promoting same-sex marriage although admitting the vigor of the mobilization.
The inspiring reaction against same-sex “marriage” clashing head-on with the wall of contempt set up by the socialist government is like a battering ram whose impact is measured not only by its size, but by the hardness of its head.
On the eve of the demonstrations an interesting question was raised by an important but unnamed government minister. The person was quoted in the newspaper Le Monde as saying: “The number of protesters is to be taken into account, of course, but also the question of their mood. Will this demonstration have strongly Catholic or right-leaning overtones?”
What Le Figaro has described as “episcopal timidity” sends a wrong message to both the Government and Parliament, Mrs. Goyard remarked.