"The message from France is the campaign isn't over -- these laws rely on a big lie, and no lie can survive," said Antoine Renard, president of the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe.
"Our own government has succeeded in its goal of dividing opinion in the Catholic Church, so the church's authorities need to be prudent.
But there's a lot of teaching to be done, and I hope our pastors will provide it," he
told Catholic News Service
said Catholic groups would step up their campaign against the law before municipal and European Parliament elections in early 2014 and would try to block the government's "gender-based reforms" in education and family life.
"Although this law has been adopted, we can still fight against its application and pressure political parties to show stronger commitment," Renard