Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, the Catholic archbishop of Paris and the leader of the Conference of French Bishops, has issued a prayer against the legalization of homosexual “marriage” and euthanasia that he is asking all parishes to pray on August 15, feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The prayer, which revives an ancient tradition that fell into disuse after World War II, petitions God on behalf of “children and youth, that all of us may help each one of them to find his own way to progress towards the good, that they cease to be the objects of the desires and the conflicts of adults, by benefiting completely from the love of a father and a mother.”
In a preamble written for the prayer, Vingt-Trois explains that it is a response to French president Francois Hollande’s intention to legislate homosexual “marriage” and adoption in the first half of 2013.
In addition to his intention to alter traditional matrimony, President Hollande’s administration has also hinted that it will legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia for patients who ask for it. The administration also wishes to increase the availability of abortion.