Statement from US Bishops on Supreme Court Rulings

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The United States Conferences of Catholic Bishops released a statement today regarding the  Supreme Courts ruling on The Defense of Marriage Act and California’s ant-gay marriage law (Proposition 8):

“Today is a tragic day for marriage and our nation. The Supreme Court has dealt a profound injustice to the American people by striking down in part the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

The Court got it wrong.

The federal government ought to respect the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, even where states fail to do so. The preservation of liberty and justice requires that all laws, federal and state, respect the truth, including the truth about marriage. It is also unfortunate that the Court did not take the opportunity to uphold California’s Proposition 8 but instead decided not to rule on the matter. The common good of all, especially our children, depends upon a society that strives to uphold the truth of marriage.

Now is the time to redouble our efforts in witness to this truth. These decisions are part of a public debate of great consequence. The future of marriage and the well-being of our society hang in the balance.

“Marriage is the only institution that brings together a man and a woman for life, providing any child who comes from their union with the secure foundation of a mother and a father.

“Our culture has taken for granted for far too long what human nature, experience, common sense, and God’s wise design all confirm: the difference between a man and a woman matters, and the difference between a mom and a dad matters. While the culture has failed in many ways to be marriage-strengthening, this is no reason to give up. Now is the time to strengthen marriage, not redefine it.

“When Jesus taught about the meaning of marriage – the lifelong, exclusive union of husband and wife – he pointed back to “the beginning” of God’s creation of the human person as male and female (see Matthew 19). In the face of the customs and laws of his time, Jesus taught an unpopular truth that everyone could understand. The truth of marriage endures, and we will continue to boldly proclaim it with confidence and charity.

“Now that the Supreme Court has issued its decisions, with renewed purpose we call upon all of our leaders and the people of this good nation to stand steadfastly together in promoting and defending the unique meaning of marriage: one man, one woman, for life. We also ask for prayers as the Court’s decisions are reviewed and their implications further clarified.”

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You should also read Gay, Catholic, and Feeling Fine, and Gay Marriage: Our Agreements Solve Our Disagreements

 

10 thoughts on “Statement from US Bishops on Supreme Court Rulings

  1. Maybe its time for these “Catholics in Good Standing” (i.e. Kagin, Sotomayor, and Kennedy) that regularly vote pro-sodomy should be called out and excommunicated (formally) by the bishops?….. Sorry but the USCCB is sending confusion to the faithful (i.e. bishops yucking it up with pro-abortion politicians)

  2. The sudden shift in public opinion around gay marriage is one of the most significant events in American cultural history. It has really struck me what a seismic change this has been. It is true that the redefinition of marriage is deeply troubling in itself and will have massive spiritual consequences, but what is even more troubling for me is that in less than 10 years Americans have gone from largely opposed to gay marriage to considering it common sense that gay marriage opposition is bigotry. That is astounding, and it leaves me wondering where such a phenomenon could manifest itself next. I have seen larger numbers of individuals in the last year or two describing religion as inherently bigoted, regressive, and dangerous. I often read the Washington Post online, as it is my local paper, and I am starting to see these viewpoints cropping up with frequency on comment threads. These individuals speak their opinions with great conviction, and many people in those discussions are starting to accept and adopt those opinions as their own.

    Anyway, we are always called to be alert, but it is even more true in this age. The force with which the mass of opinion can sway, and the speed with which it can consume people through the internet is frightening. It is an absolute must for a follower of Christ to remain grounded in God’s Word, the teachings of the Church, the sacraments, and appeals and praise lifted up through prayers in the Spirit. We cannot possibly be a light before the world and make disciples if we ourselves are not girded with the armor of God, so that we will not be like a wave tossed by the wind.

  3. “maybe it’s time for [high-profile] “Catholics in Good Standing” [… to] be called out and excommunicated (formally) by the bishops?”

    Does anyone have an answer to this – for example, high-profile Catholic politicians who vote for making abortion legal regardless of the situation?

    1. *I* excommunicated ’em.

      If the Bishops don’t want to, that’s on them. Anymore, I have to take care of my own.

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