Monday, June 27, 2011

The Empire State's Bishops Speak

    The passage by the Legislature of a bill to alter radically and forever humanity’s historic understanding of marriage leaves us deeply disappointed and troubled.

    We strongly uphold the Catholic Church’s clear teaching that we always treat our homosexual brothers and sisters with respect, dignity and love. But we just as strongly affirm that marriage is the joining of one man and one woman in a lifelong, loving union that is open to children, ordered for the good of those children and the spouses themselves. This definition cannot change, though we realize that our beliefs about the nature of marriage will continue to be ridiculed, and that some will even now attempt to enact government sanctions against churches and religious organizations that preach these timeless truths.

    We worry that both marriage and the family will be undermined by this tragic presumption of government in passing this legislation that attempts to redefine these cornerstones of civilization.

    Our society must regain what it appears to have lost – a true understanding of the meaning and the place of marriage, as revealed by God, grounded in nature, and respected by America’s foundational principles.
Mark in Spokane quotes the statement in its entirety — Statement of the Catholic bishops of New York State on marriage.

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Blogger Fungus FitzJuggler III said...

Just as the kosher and halal laws are to protect adherants, so the human species is encouraged to grow by a ban on any marriage other than the customary one. As we grow wiser, we may substitute different rules for meats and preservation of food.

So too, our ways of supporting couples and others to erect barriers against other societal norms, by the status of marriage. The hysteria against humans as a pollutant of the world using energy and land etc has brought about this particular departure. By removing two possibly fertile persons from the breeding numbers, the population inevitably increases at a lower rate. At the moment, this rate is in fact negative, so we expect to see many societies diminish in size.

Islam in particular is fecund in its rules. This may be another part of the agenda to alter that religion as christianity was altered by the Romans.

3:31 PM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

The wisdom of the Catholic bishops of New York was ignored this time, but the bishops are to be applauded for their defense of natural law and the teaching of the Church. Let the rest of us have ears to hear their wisdom, and have the courage to stand as they did in defense of marriage.

10:19 AM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

And thanks for the link, too!

10:20 AM  

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