Saturday, June 25, 2011

New York Bishops' Statement

I've seen and heard lots of comments about what happened in New York State yesterday. This is one of the few to which I'd offer my assent. zip+

Statement of the Bishops of
New York State


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.

+Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of New York
+Howard J. Hubbard
Bishop of Albany
+Nicholas DiMarzio
Bishop of Brooklyn
+Edward U. Kmiec
Bishop of Buffalo
+Terry R. LaValley
Bishop of Ogdensburg
+Matthew H. Clark
Bishop of Rochester
+William F. Murphy
Bishop of Rockville Centre
+Robert J. Cunningham
Bishop of Syracuse

Hat tip to Canon Kendall Harmon at TitusOneNine.

2 comments:

Curtis said...

What part of the statement do you give your assent to?

This part: "We worry that both marriage and the family will be undermined" has already be proven quite dubious by social science. Families based on sex sex partnerships prove just as strong and fruitful (if not grace-filled) as those involving heterosexual couples.

This part: "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" is very condescending to the couples that either choose to or are physically unable to bear children.

There have been those for millenia who have attempted to use the Bible to defend unjust oppression. Luckily, liberty has always won.

I speak as a Christian and a Lutheran.

Curtis said...

Sorry, that second paragraph should say "same sex" instead of "sex sex." Freud, I'm sure, would argue otherwise.