defense of marriage

THE CATHOLIC DIFFERENCE | The Church and the "New Normal"

George Weigel

In the wake of the Supreme Court's marriage decision, these sober thoughts occur:

(1) The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has rendered a decision that puts the Court at odds with the Constitution, with reason, and with biblical religion.

Editorial | What do we say about marriage now?

"The decision issued today by the Supreme Court to effectively change the legal definition of marriage in the United States does not alter the unassailable truth that marriage is, and always will be, the life-long, life-giving union of one man and one woman."

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson

Analyzing marriage ruling's implications will take time, say Church officials

WASHINGTON -- Analyzing the ramifications of the June 26 same-sex marriage ruling for the Catholic Church at the national, state and local levels will take time, said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore.

It has implications for "hundreds, if not thousands" of laws at all levels, and there is "a difficult road ahead for people of faith," he said.

Court rules same-sex marriage legal nationwide

WASHINGTON -- In a landmark ruling, a divided Supreme Court June 26 said same-sex marriage is constitutional nationwide.

"The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality," wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy for the 5-4 majority. "This is true for all persons, whatever their sexual orientation."

Archbishop Cordileone: Responding to same-sex marriage must be done with “truth and compassion”

As the institution of marriage faces unprecedented challenges, the Catholic Church continues to promote and defend marriage as being between one man and one woman, said Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone.

As chairman of the bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, Archbishop Cordileone gave bishops at the Spring General Assembly an update prior to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage.

What does marriage mean? Some of the Catholic Church's key teachings on marriage

What does marriage mean to you?

Consider these words: procreative, covenant, sacramental, definitive, joyful.

Those are some of the ways in which the Catholic Church explains its teaching on marriage, between a man and a woman.

"Marriage is a lifelong partnership of the whole of life, of mutual and exclusive fidelity, established by mutual consent between a man and a woman, and ordered towards the good of the spouses and the procreation of offspring," as written in the U.S. Catholic bishops' pastoral letter on marriage, "Love and Life in the Divine Plan."

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