Today, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, released the following statement about the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage:
Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the question of marriage today. Neither decision is rooted in the truth, and as a result, both will eventually fail. Today the Court is wrong again. It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage.
The unique meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is inscribed in our bodies as male and female. The protection of this meaning is a critical dimension of the “integral ecology” that Pope Francis has called us to promote. Mandating marriage redefinition across the country is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us, especially children. The law has a duty to support every child’s basic right to be raised, where possible, by his or her married mother and father in a stable home.
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 will continue to teach and to act according to this truth.
I encourage Catholics to move forward with faith, hope, and love: faith in the unchanging truth about marriage, rooted in the immutable nature of the human person and confirmed by divine revelation; hope that these truths will once again prevail in our society, not only by their logic, but by their great beauty and manifest service to the common good; and love for all our neighbors, even those who hate us or would punish us for our faith and moral convictions.
Lastly, I call upon all people of good will to join us in proclaiming the goodness, truth, and beauty of marriage as rightly understood for millennia, and I ask all in positions of power and authority to respect the God-given freedom to seek, live by, and bear witness to the truth.
Across the US, Catholic bishops have released statements on the historic ruling. Below are links to statements of individual bishops as well as several statewide bishops’ conferences (did we miss your bishop’s statement? Leave a link in the comments and we’ll include it in this post). [Updated]
Archbishop Gregory Aymond, New Orleans
Bishop Michael Burbidge, Raleigh, North Carolina
Archbishop Robert Carlson, St. Louis
Archbishop Charles Chaput, Philadelphia
Archbishop Paul Coakley, Oklahoma City
Bishops of the Colorado Catholic Conference
Bishop Robert Cunningham, Syracuse
Archbishop Blase Cupich, Chicago
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Galveston-Houston
Bishop John Folda, Fargo, North Dakota
Bishop Daniel Flores, Brownsville, Texas
Archbishop José Gomez, Los Angeles
Archbishop Wilton Gregory, Atlanta
Bishop Robert Guglielmone, Charleston
Bishop Gregory Hartmayer, Savannah
Bishop Michael Jarrell, Lafayette, Louisiana
Bishop David Kagan, Bismarck, North Dakota
Archbishop Jerome Listecki, Milwaukee
Archbishop William Lori, Baltimore
Bishop Richard Malone, Buffalo
Bishop Robert McElroy, San Diego
Bishop Patrick McGrath, San Jose
Bishops of the Michigan Catholic Conference
Bishop Robert Morlino, Madison
Bishop William Murphy, Rockville Centre, New York
Bishops of the Nebraska Catholic Conference
Bishops of the Catholic Conference of Ohio
Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Boston
Bishop Thomas Paprocki, Springfield, Illinois
Bishop Glen John Provost, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, Albany
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr, Cincinnati
Bishop Michael Sis, San Angelo, Texas
Bishop Joseph Strickland, Tyler, Texas
Bishop Thomas Tobin, Providence
Bishop Robert Vasa, Santa Rosa
Bishops of the Virginia Catholic Conference
Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Miami
Archbishop John Wester, Santa Fe
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Washington
Bishop David Zubik, Pittsburgh
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