In what can only be described as a tragic blow to the sacred institution of holy matrimony, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that couples of the same gender may legally be married to one another. Not unlike Roe v. Wade, which legalized the heinous practice of abortion, this current decision not only violates the intrinsic moral code that arises from Natural Law, it additionally severs ties with thousands of years of tradition and conventional wisdom pertaining to the institution of marriage.
This most unfortunate decision will have far-reaching consequences and will negatively affect the lives of millions of innocent children, all of whom possess the fundamental right of being raised by the traditional male / female, husband / wife team.
Children are the human personification of the sacred and inviolable conjugal love of their biological parents. This new court ruling fundamentally undermines the true meaning and purpose of holy matrimony.
Sadly, today is not simply a “victory” for those who regard themselves as progressive “civil-rights advocates;” it is also a victory for moral relativism, which denies the existence of objective, universal and absolute moral truths and axioms.
What follows is a reproduction of the official statement of Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the United States Council of Catholic Bishops:
“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.”