Bishop Soto on SCOTUS marriage ruling: ‘A libertarian understanding of freedom and equality’

Bishop_Jaime_SotoBishop Jaime Soto issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling:

“All Americans deserve respect for their human dignity. The Catholic Church has stalwartly stood by that fundamental belief while also recognizing marriage as the unique relationship between a man and a woman.

“Unfortunately, the Supreme Court today in attempting to do the former distorted the latter. The decision of the Supreme Court has attempted to address the issue of respect in the wrong way and has pushed the country further down a libertarian understanding of freedom and equality. While many will demean a public place for religious belief in the wake of this decision, it is religious faith that will continue to be the primary force of charity and self-sacrifice in the United States.

“The Catholic Community will continue to address the more stubborn and cruel forms of inequity in our country: enduring forms of racism such as witnessed last week in Charleston, a broken immigration system that helps no one, and widening economic disparity that robs people of hope. None of these deep inequities are touched by today’s decision; we still have much work to do.”

Bishop Silva: SCOTUS marriage ruling reminiscent of fall of the Roman Empire

bishopsilvaBishop Larry Silva of the Diocese of Honolulu issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling:

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

The Supreme Court has once again made a bad decision in affirming that no state may lawfully ban so-called “same-sex” marriage. It has done so before, most notably in the Roe vs. Wade decision that has led to the deaths of millions of innocent children. The Court has confused equality of persons with equality of institutions and has declared that same-sex marriage is equal to marriage between a man and a woman. It is not. For millennia society has affirmed this special life-long union of male and female that is based on the very ecology of the human body, the wonder of human fertility, and the need of children to be raised, whenever possible, by their biological father and mother in a complementary and stable union. It is the true diversity that God built into our nature.

It must be understood that what is legal in civil society is not necessarily moral in a society that grounds its common life in something beyond the will of the individual, that is, in “nature and nature’s God.” (U.S. Declaration of Independence) We have strayed far away from God – and from nature – in so many ways, and we are challenged even more now to restore what has been lost.

While our sisters and brothers with same-sex attractions are equal to everyone else in dignity and the respect that is due to every human being, there is no intrinsic right to redefine marriage, despite what the Supreme Court has ruled. It is now our task to be vigilant that those who accuse us of intolerance for believing what God has revealed to us do not deprive us of our freedom to believe in the God who made us male and female in his own image. St. Paul’s warning to the Romans, whose great empire collapsed under the weight of willfulness, is very relevant to us today. May the Lord guide and strengthen us in his love!

Archbishop García‐Siller: Catholics may not recognize nor participate in same-sex ‘marriage’

ArchbishopGustavoGarcia-SillerArchbishop Gustavo García‐Siller of the Archdiocese of San Antonio issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling:

I am profoundly troubled by the decision handed down by the United States Supreme Court concerning Same‐Sex “marriage.”    I unite with my brother bishops across the nation, calling this decision a “tragic error.”   The Catholic Church will continue to proclaim the truth about marriage in our pulpits and in the public square.  In Catholic teaching about the sanctity of marriage, it is clear that the union of one man and one woman in Holy Matrimony is more than a human convention or a legal contract, it is a sacred bond that reflects a great reality both in Natural Law and in our, deepest held beliefs.

In our wedding liturgy we pray:  “Father, to reveal the plan of your love, you made the union of husband and wife an image of the covenant between you and your people. In the fulfillment of this
sacrament, the marriage of Christian man and woman is a sign of the marriage between Christ and the Church.”

It is our belief that God is the author of marriage as a holy covenant between a man and a woman as a blessing to both.  The Catholic Catechism teaches;   “By creating man and woman he called
them to an intimate communion of life and of love in marriage: ‘So they are no longer two but one flesh….By its very nature it is ordered to the communion and good of the couple and to the generation and education of children.”

Catholic teaching explains that marriage is a loving union between a man and a woman and is not intended to be exclusively a prohibition, but is even more, a proclamation of God’s love of
humanity, and the beauty of love itself.  In this way the Church carries out the Father’s plan, enriching the lives of married couples and serving the common good.

With love and respect to every human person, the Church will continue to invite men and women, regardless of their sexual orientation, to walk their journey of faith with us, discovering God’s plan for them and for all society.  However, it is not within our power to recognize this redefinition of marriage nor participate in this misrepresentation of what we believe to be a sacred union created
and reserved to one man and one woman.

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