Wednesday, June 26, 2013

"The Common Good of All": The Bishops of God Correct the Court

Here is the statement of Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chair of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage:

“Today is a tragic day for marriage and our nation. The Supreme Court has dealt a profound injustice to the American people by striking down in part the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The Court got it wrong. The federal government ought to respect the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, even where states fail to do so. The preservation of liberty and justice requires that all laws, federal and state, respect the truth, including the truth about marriage. It is also unfortunate that the Court did not take the opportunity to uphold California’s Proposition 8 but instead decided not to rule on the matter. The common good of all, especially our children, depends upon a society that strives to uphold the truth of marriage. Now is the time to redouble our efforts in witness to this truth. These decisions are part of a public debate of great consequence. The future of marriage and the well-being of our society hang in the balance.

“Marriage is the only institution that brings together a man and a woman for life, providing any child who comes from their union with the secure foundation of a mother and a father.

“Our culture has taken for granted for far too long what human nature, experience, common sense, and God’s wise design all confirm: the difference between a man and a woman matters, and the difference between a mom and a dad matters. While the culture has failed in many ways to be marriage-strengthening, this is no reason to give up. Now is the time to strengthen marriage, not redefine it.

“When Jesus taught about the meaning of marriage – the lifelong, exclusive union of husband and wife – he pointed back to “the beginning” of God’s creation of the human person as male and female (see Matthew 19). In the face of the customs and laws of his time, Jesus taught an unpopular truth that everyone could understand. The truth of marriage endures, and we will continue to boldly proclaim it with confidence and charity.

“Now that the Supreme Court has issued its decisions, with renewed purpose we call upon all of our leaders and the people of this good nation to stand steadfastly together in promoting and defending the unique meaning of marriage: one man, one woman, for life. We also ask for prayers as the Court’s decisions are reviewed and their implications further clarified.”


1 comment:

Mary said...

In the 2010 election, Kamala Harris defeated Steve Cooley for California Attorney General by less than a fraction of a percentage point! A recount may have changed the outcome, but Cooley's campaign manager stated that the recount cost was prohibitive. Harris was declared winner.

Steve Cooley promised to defend the Prop 8 ballot measure if elected Attorney General. Harris, on the other hand, supported same-sex marriage and ran her campaign promising to oppose Prop 8.

Yet, in office as AG and under the California Constitution, Harris was bound to defend ballot measures in Court whether or not she agreed with them. Harris betrayed her oath of office along with failing the people of California for refusing, along with Gov. Jerry Brown, to defend before the Supreme Court a voter-approved ballot measure.

And while the Supreme Court also failed in its responsibility for its ruling about those 'filling in' as having 'no standing to appeal' on Prop 8, a political writer aptly pointed out yesterday that, "This [Supreme] Court decision would have been very different had Steve Cooley won. Let this be a lesson as to the importance of activism . . . to defend the fabric of society."