Friday, June 20, 2008

New York Bishop gets it on Same-Sex "Marriage"

That's Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Center, New York. Some excerpts from the Catholic News Agency story:

"In his column, Bishop Murphy explained that, “our new governor has decided to circumvent the legislature, the courts and any testing of the will of the people. He has decided by an administrative decree that unions of persons of the same sex which are recognized as ‘marriage’ in another state would be recognized and honored as such here in New York. This is just plain wrong . . .

The fact is what the truth is: this is wrong and no amount of trying to appeal to ‘fair play’ or ‘equality’ or ‘putting all relationships on the same footing’ can make this right . . .

He explained that the state is able to give “certain rights and privileges to married couples” because “the state has a vested interest in the bond that a man and a woman make to each other in public when they marry. That interest is the common good of society which is enhanced and stabilized by marriage as a public institution which is the basis of all other societies. That interest is in the present and future good of society that can be guaranteed in the long run only by stable married and family life which is possible only in the natural order of a union between a man and a woman.”

In all these levels, sexual intimacy between persons of the same sex does not pass muster. They do not serve the common good. They cannot do so because they contradict biological teleology and the natural law. (emphasis added). This does not impugn the motives or the goodness of any person. This does say that the truth must never become victim to misguided actions that seek to impose a false interpretation of what is real on our society.”

“In this case the governor not only sidesteps democratic process. He acts contrary to the common good and introduces into New York a phenomenon that corresponds to the desires of a few at the expense of the whole and at the expense of the good of New York.”

We can expect the good Bishop to be viciously attacked for stating these simple truths. He needs to know we support him! Here's an email link to his office.

Most Reverend William Murphy
bishopsoffice@drvc.org

Posted by Gibbons

1 comment:

Julie Collorafi said...

Thanks for the post.

Bishop Murphy has made a number of brave stands---asking Catholics to honor Sunday in his first pastoral letter, urging Catholics to make frequent Confessions, opposing Spitzer's abortion bill, among other things.

God bless him.