Televised address over divorce reform fears
22 September 2004, MADRID - Spain's Justice Minister appeared on television to reassure Spaniards that proposed social reforms do not threaten the foundations of society, it was reported Wednesday.
22 September 2004
MADRID - Spain's Justice Minister appeared on television to reassure Spaniards that proposed social reforms do not threaten the foundations of society, it was reported Wednesday.
Juan Fernando López Aguilar was responding to accusations from the country's Catholic Church.
The Church fears that proposals for a new divorce law signal the erosion of marriage and family values.
But López Aguilar said the concepts of marriage and family are in the best of health in Spain.
In his televised address, he said the idea of marriage and family continue to be part of everyday life.
And alarmist statements suggesting otherwise, he said, were entirely misplaced.
The Catholic Church in Spain has accused the government of experimenting with the values of Spanish society after it proposed a new fast-track divorce system last week.
It would cut the time it takes to complete the legal process from two years to as little as 10 days.
The Spanish government says it wants to clear up the huge backlog of cases and allow a quick decision on the shared custody of children.
Opinion polls show the majority of Spaniards welcome the proposal, as well as other social changes - such as legalising abortion and gay marriage - put forward by Spain's new Socialist government and condemned by the country's Catholic Church.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news