Vice President Biden Officiated Guy Wedding

Bishops Step Up to Support Traditional Marriage

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By Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Bishop Richard J. Malone and Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, USCCB Blog:

Questions revolving around marriage and human sexuality are deeply felt in our homes and communities. We join with our Holy Father Pope Francis in affirming the inviolable dignity of all people and the Church’s important role in accompanying all those in need. In doing so, we also stand with Pope Francis in preserving the dignity and meaning of marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The two strands of the dignity of the person and the dignity of marriage and the family are interwoven. To pull apart one is to unravel the whole fabric.

When a prominent Catholic politician publicly and voluntarily officiates at a ceremony to solemnize the relationship of two people of the same-sex, confusion arises regarding Catholic teaching on marriage and the corresponding moral obligations of Catholics. What we see is a counter witness, instead of a faithful one founded in the truth.

Pope Francis has been very clear in affirming the truth and constant teaching of the Church that same-sex relationships cannot be considered “in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family.”1 Laws that redefine marriage to deny its essential meaning are among those that Catholics must oppose, including in their application after they are passed.2 Such witness is always for the sake of the common good.

During our Holy Father’s remarkable visit to us last year, he reminded us that all politicians “are called to defend and preserve the dignity of [their] fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good, for this is the chief aim of all politics.”3 Catholic politicians in particular are called to “a heroic commitment” on behalf of the common good and to “recognize their grave responsibility in society to support laws shaped by these fundamental human values and oppose laws and policies that violate [them].”4

Faithful witness can be challenging—and it will only grow more challenging in the years to come—but it is also the joy and responsibility of all Catholics, especially those who have embraced positions of leadership and public service.

Let us pray for our Catholic leaders in public life, that they may fulfill the responsibilities entrusted to them with grace and courage and offer a faithful witness that will bring much needed light to the world. And may all of us as Catholics help each other be faithful and joyful witnesses wherever we are called.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, is chairman of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth; and Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, is chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. 

Amoris Laetitia (2016), no. 251.
2 USCCB, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (2015), no. 23; Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions between Homosexual Persons (2003), no. 5 
3 Address to Congress, September 24, 2015. 
4 Faithful Citizenship, no. 39.

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3 comments to Vice President Biden Officiated Guy Wedding

  • tg

    That is supposed to be “courageous”. How about excommunication now that would merit appearing above on this site. Pope Francis also said “whom am I to judge” which is what is giving fuel to all the liberal Catholics.

  • Bill

    Lord have Mercy on Your Bishops for their lack of resolve to stand like St John the Baptist during this hour of moral crisis for the souls of my brothers and sisters….

  • Mariann

    It is time to retire the side, those on the side of modernism. Catholics, especially successors to the Apostles and those in so called public service (hence the public eye) need to repent, confess and amend their ways. If they obstinately persist in their public scandal, they may be assured of a rather enormous millstone being prepared for them making an heavenly ascent impossible and an hellish descent absolute…for how much harm have and are they causing all of God’s children?

    I believe this whitewashing of words should end as well. Even the CDC calls the 2 men in the picture MSM (men who have sex with men). To make it even more clear we should consider calling them MASM (men who have anal sex with men). The words may sound crude but would better fit the reasoning behind it all since if the acts stopped with “attraction” we wouldn’t be trying to protect all children from what is truly an abomination and a disorder that needs tending to and not affirming.

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