Catholic bishops in Vietnam have stressed traditional Christian marriage values, saying current social and cultural pressures were destroying young families.
“We would like to invite young families to uphold and encourage the values of Catholic marriage,” the bishops said in a pastoral letter to Vietnamese Catholics.
The bishops said due to the current trend towards consumerism and hectic lifestyles, Catholic communities were increasingly having to deal with abortion, cohabitation, same-sex relations and divorce.
They said such social and cultural trends “destroy traditional family values, go against the creator’s will and leave serious consequences for young generations.”
Despite the challenges, many young Catholic families endure great sacrifices to remain true to their marriage vows, and bravely refuse to have abortions, the letter said.
After a meeting at Thanh Hoa Bishop’s House in Thanh Hoa, the bishops launched the “Year of Journeying With Young Families” which starts this month.
The letter–signed by Archbishop Joseph Nguyen Chi Linh, president of the Vietnamese Catholic Bishops’ Conference, and Bishop Peter Nguyen Van Kham, secretary general of the conference – called for priests and Catholic communities to “journey with and support families to build happiness.”