The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Chile has criticised government plans to introduce the nation's first divorce laws.
Chileans are not allowed to divorce
The Roman Catholic archbishop Francisco Errazuriz said divorce would threaten the family and undermine the sanctity of marriage.
Chine is one of the only two democratic countries in the world, along with Malta, that does not allow divorce.
The archbishop's annual speech at a religious service to mark the country's Independence Day reaffirmed the Church's moral position on marriage.
The speech, coming a week after the 30th anniversary of Chile's military coup, also made a strong attack on the previous military government of Augusto Pinochet.
"Never again," said the Archbishop repeatedly, referring to the 1973 military coup of Augusto Pinochet.
General Pinochet ruled Chile for 17 years and more than 3,000 political opponents were killed or disappeared.
The Archbishop said the armed forces should never be politicised again.
Thousands of citizens were killed during General Pinochet's rule
He also said there should never be any persecution of political opponents and violations of human rights.
BBC correspondent Clinton Porteous in Santiago says the Roman Catholic Church worked hard to defend human rights during the Pinochet years.
But there was much controversy in 1987 when Pope John Paul II visited Chile, our correspondent says.
The Pope met with General Pinochet, as well as torture victims.
He preached to massive crowds about non-violence, as well as moral standards such as no sex before marriage.