The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) recently rejected the traditional definition of marriage in one of their decisions. Many celebrate this decision. Even as I write, I am forced to view a rainbow banner across the top of the page, something WordPress has inflicted on all its users. (If you feel this is inappropriate for WordPress to do, please let them know!)
What follows is a response from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Amidst so much media-propagated nonsense, I deeply appreciated the Bishops’ clear and candid statement of Christian belief.
“WASHINGTON — Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has released the following statement regarding today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex civil marriage nationally:
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 40 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.”