Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online

5/22/2014 (3 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Yes, marriage is a personal relationship, but it is not merely a private affair between two people. It is a relationship with great public significance and, since it is the foundation of the family, it affects the wider society.

Marriage is more than a private arrangement between two people. It's a public commitment of love and fidelity, and it's ordered not just to companionship but to creating and rearing new life. This is why every child deserves a mother and a father in a loving marriage, and the child is the fruit of that love. All men and women are formed in the image of God and deserve our respect. But attempts to redefine the nature of marriage, no matter how well intentioned, damage a cornerstone of our human interaction and ultimately work against human dignity itself.- Archbishop Charles Chaput

Archbishop Chaput: Today's federal district court decision striking down Pennsylvania's Defense of Marriage Act is a mistake with long-term, negative consequences.

Archbishop Chaput: Today's federal district court decision striking down Pennsylvania's Defense of Marriage Act is a mistake with long-term, negative consequences.

Highlights

By Catholic Online

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/22/2014 (3 months ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Archbishop Chaput, Pennsylvania Catholic conference, Marrige, gay marriage, marriage defense, Judge John E. Jones III


PHILADELPHIA, PA (Catholic Online) - We present below the statement issued by Archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles Chaput, after the announcement of the abysmal decision by Federal District Judge John E. Jones III to strike down the Defense of Marriage Law in Pennsylvania. It is followed by the statement of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. Both were released on May 20, 2014.

*****
Archbishop Charles Chaput,
 
Today's federal district court decision striking down Pennsylvania's Defense of Marriage Act is a mistake with long-term, negative consequences. Like many other Pennsylvanians, I hope that an appeal will be made promptly.

Laws that defend the traditional definition of marriage were enacted for sound reasons-namely to defend the rights of children and contribute to the well-being of the larger community.

Marriage is more than a private arrangement between two people. It's a public commitment of love and fidelity, and it's ordered not just to companionship but to creating and rearing new life. This is why every child deserves a mother and a father in a loving marriage, and the child is the fruit of that love.

All men and women are formed in the image of God and deserve our respect. But attempts to redefine the nature of marriage, no matter how well intentioned, damage a cornerstone of our human interaction and ultimately work against human dignity itself.

I also fully support and endorse the statement issued earlier today by the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference on this issue.


Pennsylvania Catholic Conference

Pennsylvania's longstanding Defense of Marriage Act was passed by democratically-elected officials and recognizes marriage as between one man and one woman.  Today's decision by one federal judge speaks to the confusion and misunderstanding among many today about the fundamental building block of society: the family.  Every child has a basic right to a mother and a father united in marriage as a family. Today's decision does not change that.

Yes, marriage is a personal relationship, but it is not merely a private affair between two people. It is a relationship with great public significance and, since it is the foundation of the family, it affects the wider society. By God's design, every child has a mother and a father. Circumstances may prevent a child from being raised by his or her own mother and father, so we stand in solidarity with single mothers and fathers who work responsibly each day to raise their children. However, marriage is the way society provides for children's needs. The redefinition of marriage enshrines in law a denial of the rights of children to a mother and a father united in marriage.

The Catholic Church teaches that all people are made in the image of God and that everyone has inherent dignity. No one should face unjust discrimination. But human experience, considerable social data, as well as our religious convictions, lead us to see clearly that children thrive best in a stable family grounded on the marital union of one man and one woman. Catholic opposition to same-sex marriage is not a statement about the worth of human beings who experience same-sex attraction, but a statement about the nature of marriage itself.

Pope Francis recently said, "The image of God is the married couple: the man and the woman; not only the man, not only the woman, but both of them together. This is the image of God: love, God's covenant with us is represented in that covenant between man and woman. And this is very beautiful!"  Marriage is beautiful indeed, and the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference does not support this judge's redefinition of this fundamental human institution. The PCC will further study the judge's decision and is hopeful that an appeal will promptly be made.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for September 2014
Mentally disabled:
That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life.
Service to the poor: That Christians, inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering.



Comments


More U.S.

Wore out his welcome: Obama advocates withdrawing their support Watch

Image of A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll has yielded some most striking findings. The degree to which the president's approval has slipped among key parts of the Obama coalition, such as women, youth and Latino voters who put in him back in charge two years ago.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

U.S. President Barack Obama's support has been rapidly dwindling stateside. The president, in particular has alienated women voters, especially those who re-elected him in 2012. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "He's been faced with a lot of challenges, and ... continue reading


Values Voters: What We Can Learn from Ted Cruz Being Booed at the In Defense of Christians Conference Watch

Image of Senator Ted Cruz from Texas was the keynote speaker at what was billed as a Gala Solidarity Dinner. Sadly, it certainly did not demonstrate solidarity between Christians. A small group in the assembly, rudely and loudly, reacted negatively to some of the words Senator Cruz spoke as he expressed his convictions concerning the persecution taking place in this land which is properly holy, precisely because of its role in God's loving plan of salvation for the whole human race.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

The events of Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at the Inaugural In Defense of Christians Gala make abundantly clear that there is a serious and urgent need for values voters to meet and discuss the crisis in the Mideast and ways in which we can work together to ... continue reading


Democrats and Republicans stand together against the Islamic State at inaugural Christian summit Watch

Image of The Islamic State has continued to murder and persecute Christians in every region they have conquered, displacing millions.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

California representative Anna Eshoo (D.) spoke at a special summit called In Defense of Christians (IDC) on September 10, commenting on the continuing persecution and slaughter of Christians at the hands of Islamic extremists in the Middle East, specifically by ... continue reading


War? Congress and administration agree on conflict, argue over who declares it Watch

Image of President Obama's speech on September 10 outlined continued conflict against the Islamic State, and so far responses among Congress and within party lines have been mixed.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

During a live address to the nation on September 10, President Obama promised to destroy the Islamic State, functionally declaring war without the support or approval of Congress. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - This might be for the best, as a majority of ... continue reading


COMES TO LIGHT: Yahoo was threatened in 2008 with $250,000 daily fine if it didn't cooperate with NSA Watch

Image of Recently released documents, roughly 1,500 pages worth, outline a secret - and unsuccessful legal battle by Yahoo to resist the government's demands.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Would you capitulate if the United States government threatened to hit you with a quarter-of-a-million dollar DAILY fine if you didn't cooperate with them? Internet search engine Yahoo buckled to pressure back in 2008, and the dreaded National Security Agency ... continue reading


72-hour abortion wait period enacted in Missouri Watch

Image of Crowds gathered for rallies both in support and opposition of the legislation. Abortion rights activists wore purple shirts while abortion foes wore red. Both sides pointed to the personal experiences of women who had abortions.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Overriding a veto of legislation, Missouri lawmakers enacted a new law that requires women to wait 72 hours after consulting with a doctor before having an abortion. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The vote by Missouri's Republican-led legislature overrules ... continue reading


Feds take $100 million from cartel related businesses in California! Watch

Image of Federal officers seized $100 million from downtown Los Angeles businesses as part of an anti-cartel bust.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Federal officials announced that Los Angeles is now the nation's center for money laundering by international drug cartels, after a raid in downtown L.A. seized an estimated $100 million in cash and from bank accounts as part of an ongoing probe. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Patriot Day, September 11, 2014: Who Are We Becoming Thirteen Years After the Attack on Our Nation? Watch

Image of I will never forget when that cross emerged out of the rubble in the aftermath of the bombing of the World Trade Center by evil Islamist terrorists. We all knew it was a sign. Sadly, there was a lawsuit filed to attempt to remove images of that Cross from the National September 11 memorial and Museum in New York. It took an Appeals Court to stop that effort.That Cross, rising from the rubble, visually demonstrates the source of true freedom. It is time we got back to it.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

September 11, 2001 changed the United States of America. Every anniversary since is an existential moment, an invitation to reflect on who we are  becoming. The actions of those evil men and the heroic response of those ground zero heroes call us to such a ... continue reading


Security officials admit that Islamic State fighters could sneak through U.S.-Mexico border Watch

Image of The Islamic State has threatened to destroy the United States, and some analysts fear that the group could sneak fighters into the U.S. through the U.S.-Mexican border.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A senior Homeland Security official revealed to Congress that terrorist members of the Islamic State are planning to enter the United States, via the U.S.-Mexican border. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Francis Taylor, the under secretary for the Department of ... continue reading


California becomes second state to guarantee paid sick leave Watch

Image of California's governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that grants hourly employees paid sick leave. The bill will come into effect in July of 2015.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The state of California has extended paid sick leave to millions of workers who would not normally have access to it, making it the largest expansion of its kind to date. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - California's Democratic governor, Jerry Brown signed the ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Hebrews 5:7-9
7 During his life on earth, he offered up prayer and ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 31:2-3, 3-4, 5-6, 15-16, 20
2 turn your ear to me, make haste. Be for me a ... Read More

Gospel, John 19:25-27
25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 15th, 2014 Image

St. Valerian
September 15: The massacre of the martyrs of Lyons with their bishop, St. ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter