The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops also spoke about marriage and family. The bishops stated that “marriage is a natural institution that predates government. Every human society has acknowledged that the sexual union of man and woman matters because it creates the next generation.”
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, as the Archbishop of Washington, D.C., has a good understanding of the political and spiritual environment that exists in Washington. He recently spoke about marriage and family in light of the June 26th ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court concerning the definition of marriage. He stated, “The revealed Word of God is still what it was before the Supreme Court decision. Marriage is the life-long union of a man and a woman given for the purpose of their mutual good and for the procreation and education of children. Sacred Scripture confirms the meaning of marriage and Jesus raised marriage to the dignity of a sacrament.” He also stated, “Marriage is unique in God’s plan for the bodily union of husband and wife. The total gift of married love is unique in the sexual difference that a man and woman bring to their union, each complementing the other and making them capable of and open to new life in the gift of children.”
He then asked and answered the following question, “What then is our responsibility in the face of all the changes in man-made civil law? We are followers of Jesus Christ, so our message must be what he proclaimed. All Christians have the responsibility to learn and grow in their faith in order to share it with others. We should be able to explain what we believe and why we hold it. That means taking up the challenge to be better informed on Church teaching and why such belief is part of the vision rooted in Gospel values.”
As we reflect on these sentiments, our bishops also challenge us to be faithful witnesses to the truth and pray for our Church and our nation as we strive to answer our call to discipleship.