Catholic Bishops are standing with those who conscientiously object to gay marriage and maintain their opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide.
These pro-traditional marriage views were expressed during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ fall General Assembly meeting, the first meeting for the bishops since the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.
Bishop Richard J. Malone of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth explained Monday afternoon at the gathering in Baltimore what the Church intends to do in the wake of the landmark decision.
“We will continue to defend religious freedom and conscience rights of those who are punished for their religious beliefs and moral convictions about marriage, including the human right to conscientious objection,” said Malone.
“The Obergefell decision raises many questions and challenges which require pastoral attention, including questions of evangelization, catechizes, education, and ministry.”
Malone was not only the only bishop of the American Church present to express opposition to the Supreme Court decision from June.
Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, stated that the high court’s decision should not be the final word on the debate.
“I don’t think because five Supreme Court justices changed the public policy on such a fundamental issue that we should just accept it.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post