Re: Same-Sex Marriage Decision
Baskin v. Bogan, 1:14-CV-00355-RLY, 2014 WL 1568884 (S.D. Ind. Apr. 18, 2014)
The dignity of the human person, rooted in his or her creation in the image and likeness of God, is a fundamental principle of Catholic social teaching. The Church upholds the dignity of every human person, including persons with same-sex attraction, whom we accept and love as our brothers and sisters.
At the same time, the Church upholds the dignity and sanctity of marriage as a natural union established by God between one man and one woman, intended towards the establishment of a family in which children are born, raised, and nurtured. This is not simply a matter of belief. It is at the very heart of the nature of marriage. Thus, it is not within the power of any institution, religious or secular, to redefine marriage since it is God who is its author.
Today’s decision by Richard L. Young, Chief Judge United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, to redefine the institution of marriage as an emotional partnership between two consenting adults regardless of gender ignores this fundamental and natural truth of marriage and opens its definition to the whims of public opinion.
With deep respect for all our brothers and sisters, we nevertheless see no basis in law or in nature for any definition of marriage that seeks to expand it beyond that of a covenant between one man and one woman. Our position on this matter seeks only the common good of all men and women as well as the health and well being of families.
As pastors, we will continue to preach and teach the truth of marriage as it is ordered by God, encouraging all people to embrace the fullness of that truth, while upholding the dignity of all persons. We will continue to work through the Indiana Catholic Conference to encourage our legislators and judges to uphold this truth as well. We urge all involved in this issue to conduct themselves with mutual respect and civility in public discourse.
Most Reverend Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., D.D. Archdiocese of Indianapolis
Most Reverend Christopher J. Coyne, S.L.D. Archdiocese of Indianapolis
Most Reverend Charles C. Thompson, D.D., J. C.L. Diocese of Evansville
Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades, D. D. Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Most Reverend Dale J. Melczek, D.D. Diocese of Gary
Most Reverend Timothy L. Doherty, D.D., Ph.D. Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana
Posted Apr. 2, 2014 by Marriage Unique for a Reason
Today, Pope Francis concluded his Wednesday catechesis on the Sacraments with a reflection on marriage. He began by explaining that marriage is “A sacrament that leads us to the heart of God’s plan, which is a plan of alliance with his People, with all of us, a plan of communion.” He then explained, “The image of God is a married couple, man and woman, not only man, not only woman, but rather both. This is the image of God: love, God’s alliance with us is represented in the alliance between man and woman.”
“We were created to love, as a reflection of God and his love. And in matrimonial union the man and woman realize this vocation, as a sign of reciprocity and the full and definitive communion of life.” When a man and a woman receive the Sacrament of marriage, “God is, so to say, ‘mirrored’ in them, he imprints in them the features and indelible nature of His love. Marriage is the icon of God’s love for us. Indeed, God too is communion: the three Persons of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit have always lived and live forever in perfect unity. And this is the mystery of marriage: God makes married couples into one existence. The Bible uses a strong term: it says one ‘flesh’ only, so intimate is the union between man and woman in marriage.” Pope Francis then concluded his catechesis by saying, “Married life is beautiful, and must be protected.”
Let us pray together for the courage to continue to protect the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman!
God chooses Abraham
59 In order to gather together scattered humanity God calls Abram from his country, his kindred, and his father’s house,16 and makes him Abraham, that is, “the father of a multitude of nations.” “In you all the nations of the earth shall be blessed.”17 (145, 2570)
60 The people descended from Abraham would be the trustees of the promise made to the patriarchs, the chosen people, called to prepare for that day when God would gather all his children into the unity of the Church.18 They would be the root onto which the Gentiles would be grafted, once they came to believe.19 (760, 762, 781)
The Catechism of The Catholic Church , 2nd Ed., Sec. 1, Ch. 2, Art. II: 59-60