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48 family experts urge pope and bishops to combat divorce, porn, abortion and ‘gender ideology’

A group of 48 theologians, psychologists, social workers, counselors, lawyers, and other experts have written an open letter urging the pope and bishops about to attend the Vatican’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family to defend the family and the sanctity of life against secularist attacks. Rampant divorce, contraception, unmarried cohabitation, and pornography, with an ever-shrinking knowledge of the moral law among ordinary people, are the issues most pressing against the institution of marriage, the scholars argue. They have asked the pope to encourage parishes to work to “restore legal provisions that protect marriage as a conjugal union of one man […]