No sooner did the U.S. Supreme Court render its fateful decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide than the U.S. bishops picked up their collective pen and issued statements in defiance of the new law.
Well, perhaps defiance is too strong a term. Rather, they registered their disappointment with the Courts ruling disappointment being the operative word in their reactions, according to LifeSiteNews.com, which posted a helpful compendium (July 14) of several bishops statements in response to Obergefell v. Hodges. A few highlights:
- Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), called the ruling profoundly immoral and unjust, a tragic error that harms the common good and the most vulnerable among us, especially children.
- Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone of Charleston, South Carolina, came on strongly, noting that marriage is a sacrament instituted by God, not by man or by institution, and can only be between one man and one woman. Therefore, the Supreme Court has no authority over Holy Matrimony.
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