Supreme Court Decision
On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled that states must recognize same-sex unions as if they were marriages. This is a tragic decision that denies the truth of the human person and usurps the authority of the people and the states to define the law regarding marriage.
For more information about the effect of this decision, see this
by Archbishop Kurtz, the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Many other bishops have also issued statements, which can be found
You can also download this summary of the
of the position of the Church on the redefinition of marriage
To provide information to the faithful about the true nature of marriage, the U.S. Bishops have an initiative "
Marriage: Unique for a Reason
". There are many wonderful resources available there, including
on marriage, relitious liberty, and other subjects.
Articles and Blog Posts about the Supreme Court Decision
There have been many articles and blog posts in response to the Supreme Court's decision. Here are some that may be useful:
General Background and Resources
You may also wish to consult two documents from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith:
The U.S. Bishops have also put out a
on the pastoral care of persons with a homosexual inclination.
Prayer for Marriage
God our Father,
we give you thanks for the gift of marriage:
the bond of life and love, and the font of the family.
The love of husband and wife enriches your Church with children,
fills the world with a multitude of spiritual fruitfulness and service,
and is the sign of the love of your Son, Jesus Christ, for his Church.
The grace of Jesus flowed forth at Cana at the request of the Blessed Mother.
May your Son, through the intercession of Mary,
pour out upon us a new measure of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
as we join with all people of good will
to promote and protect the unique beauty of marriage.
May your Holy Spirit enlighten our society
to treasure the heroic love of husband and wife,
and guide our leaders to sustain and protect
the singular place of mothers and fathers in the lives of their children.
Father, we ask that our prayers be joined to those of the Virgin Mary,
that your Word may transform our service
so as to safeguard the incomparable splendor of marriage.
We ask all these things through Christ our Lord,
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
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