“Nothing a court says can change what marriage truly is”…

AbCordileone_810_500_55_s_c1If the US Supreme Court decides to redefine marriage it will not stop the nation’s bishops from proclaiming the truth, says San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, chairman for the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage of the US Catholic Bishop’s conference: “Regardless of what happens at the end of this month, nothing the court says can change what marriage truly is and we will continue to promote and defend it.”

The archbishop quoted Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn to illustrate the point for his fellow bishops at their Spring Assembly earlier this month in St. Louis: “Let the lie come into the world, let it even triumph. But not through me.  The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie.”

“We may have to suffer this lie about marriage in the law,” he continued, “but we must not participate in it or keep silent about it.”

The falsification of “marriage” in the civil legislation of certain countries will inevitably have the (probably unintended) effect of providing greater profile and relevance to the Church’s teaching of marriage. Civil marriage was only introduced rather late in history as an effort of secular politicians to deprive the Church of its control over social issues. But by extending “marriage” to include same-sex unions, the concept is rendered meaningless – and the consequence will be that those in search of a true and meaningful marriage will have to turn to the Church…

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