Friday, June 26, 2015

USCCB on SCOTUS Obergefell v. Hodges – “tragic error”

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

The full statement follows:

"Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the question of marriage today.

Neither decision is rooted in the truth, and as a result, both will eventually fail. Today the Court is wrong again. It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage.

The unique meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is inscribed in our bodies as male and female. The protection of this meaning is a critical dimension of the “integral ecology” that Pope Francis has called us to promote.

Mandating marriage redefinition across the country is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us, especially children. The law has a duty to support every child’s basic right to be raised, where possible, by his or her married mother and father in a stable home.

Jesus Christ, with great love, taught unambiguously that from the beginning marriage is the lifelong union of one man and one woman. As Catholic bishops, we follow our Lord and will continue to teach and to act according to this truth.
I encourage Catholics to move forward with faith, hope, and love: faith in the unchanging truth about marriage, rooted in the immutable nature of the human person and confirmed by divine revelation; hope that these truths will once again prevail in our society, not only by their logic, but by their great beauty and manifest service to the common good; and love for all our neighbors, even those who hate us or would punish us for our faith and moral convictions.

Lastly, I call upon all people of good will to join us in proclaiming the goodness, truth, and beauty of marriage as rightly understood for millennia, and I ask all in positions of power and authority to respect the God-given freedom to seek, live by, and bear witness to the truth."


Caren said...

I want there to be blogs about how perhaps we are more "freaked out" by the gay/polygamous/polyandrous marriage agenda because it reveals the tweaking we've been doing to marriage institutionally for decades. Heterosexual couples who use contraception are merely "mutually masturbating" (this is a Father Mastroeni term) just like a homosexual pair does. People who divorce and remarry are simply polygamous/polyandrous. When married couples, even Christian ones, believe that sadomasochism, anal/oral and every other orifice type of sex is fair game simply because it is between heterosexuals, perhaps it is a lancing of a boil that needs to erupt. Now we are looking at perversion for what it is--perversion.

The nature of Protestantism is to protest against teachings that are too tough--this is the logical conclusion. And frankly, it doesn't stop here.

Susan said...

Don't know where we'll run to...I guess to Our Mother Mary. Also, whether they announced it today or Tuesday as I had at first suspected, it's still the same because June 30 is the end of SCOTUS' current session before the summer, and it was THIS SESSION which decided sodomy as equal to the Sacrament of Marriage. ...hence June 30th's Gen 19:15-29 Mass reading still stands as God's warning...still on the appointed and appropriate date.

paulrevere said...

Good words from the USCCB. Now what? What is the plan of the USCCB to oppose this edict? Will we hear our shepherds say that they will be voting against candidates who support same sex marriage? Words without action are meaningless. How many pulpits in the Archdiocese will thunder with condemnations of such "marriages"? Pulpits are where the people are, not a website in Washington, D.C. Catholics need clear and authoritative instructions about what to do. If you do not hear your parish priest speak about this ruling, ask him why. I fear you will be disappointed at the reply. Remember Christ's words to his disciples: "Feed my sheep". We are starving for words that will fortify our spiritual bodies.

Anonymous said...

“Vice is a monster of so frightful mien
As to be hated needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.”
― Alexander Pope

Vice has been seen too oft. Endurance (don't bother them, just look away), then pity (maybe civil union status will allow them more rights as a couple; let's work on that) to thugocracy (Supreme Court demands all to bend...)
Oremus! Carol Petrone