“I am saddened by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision, by a 5-4 vote, to recognize same-sex ‘marriage,’” Bishop Timothy L. Doherty of the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana, said Friday. “As the Catholic Church, we will continue to teach that marriage is both a natural and sacramental reality between a man and a woman.
“I agree with Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, who states, ‘Jesus Christ, with great love, taught unambiguously that from the beginning marriage is the lifelong union of one man and one woman. As Catholic bishops, we follow our Lord and we will continue to teach and act according to this truth.’”
“No one should be surprised that I haven’t much more to say today, for two reasons,” Bishop Doherty said. “First, our tradition and teachings about marriage are rational and public, for any who care to study them. Second, the dust will have to settle for a few days. In matters this important, I am sure that both those who agreed or disagreed with the Court’s decision will be learning of its unforeseen consequences in the coming days. In the meantime, our conversations should be tempered with a charitable tone.”
See the statement below by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, for more information.