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Posted on Jun 28, 2013 | 2 comments

Bishops, President on The Supreme Court Decisions

Bishops, President on The Supreme Court Decisions

A rally for religious freedom at Fountain Square during the 2012 Fortnight for Freedom. Religious freedom has suffered in other Western countries that recognize "gay marriage."

A rally for religious freedom at Fountain Square during the 2012 Fortnight for Freedom. Religious freedom has suffered in Western countries that recognize “gay marriage,” something President Obama refers to as “a change for the better” in his statement below.

Official statements from our area bishops and from President Obama on the Supreme Court rulings regarding “gay marriage” cases Wednesday (see our coverage here):

Archbishop Schnurr

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr

The Supreme Court’s decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act is deeply disappointing. It means that the federal law government will recognize same-sex “marriages” in states that provide for it, extending spousal benefits to the couples involved.

Importantly, however, the Court did not hold that the Constitution requires states to recognize same-sex “marriages,” thus redefining marriage. Neither the DOMA ruling nor the Court’s refusal to consider California’s Proposition 8 means that Ohio and 31 other states with provisions in their constitutions barring same-sex “marriage” ….

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Bishop Foys

Bishop Roger Foys

Bishop Roger Foys

I am deeply dismayed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions rendered yesterday. The repeal of a main provision of the Defense of Marriage Act and the refusal to review a case prohibiting same-sex “marriage” in California have dealt serious blows to the understanding of what constitutes a marriage — a lifelong union of one man and one woman — and thus to the common good of all.

As a society and indeed throughout human civilization, marriage between a man and a woman has been God’s plan to nurture children, the family and the human race. This belief in the truth of marriage has been deeply embedded in our culture and society. Yet by these two decisions, by the narrowest of margins, this fundamental building block of …

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President Obama

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama

I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. This was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it. We are a people who declared that we are all created equal — and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.

This ruling is a victory for couples who have long fought for equal treatment under the law; for children whose parents’ marriages will now be recognized, rightly, as legitimate; for families that, at long last, will get the respect and protection they deserve; and for friends and supporters who have wanted nothing more than …

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  1. “You should understand that the bishop is in the Church and the Church is in the bishop and that whoever is not with the bishop is not in the Church” St. Cyprian of Carthage

    We have two opposing views above, one of the bishops who are in communion with the Vicar of Christ, and one who is not.

    Both can not be right.

    The Lord God is outside of time and came into time in the second person of the Holy Trinity, our Lord Jesus Christ.
    His Commandments and Teachings are from outside of time also and therefore cannot be changed. They are timeless.

    Let us pray for our bishops for grace, strength and endurance to run this race and for the conversion of both poorly catechized Catholics, non-Catholic Christians and non-Christians who do not accept marriage as God has ordained, that they may be open to humility and truth to accept the will of God and not the will of the world.

    “Let a man respect his bishop. For whoever is sent by the Master to run His house, we ought to receive him as we would receive the Master Himself.” St. Ignatius of Antioch

    • Ubi episcopus ibi ecclesia! (Where the bishop is, there is the Church.)