The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops tackled the question of same-sex marriage at their 2011 fall general assembly this morning and unveiled a new website — MarriageUniqueForAReason.org — to complement the organization’s ongoing effort to “promote and defend marriage as the union between one man and one woman.” During an oral report on the progress of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone argued that denying gays and lesbians the right to marry “affirms the inviolable dignity of every human person” and accused the Obama administration for viewing “traditional marriage” as “discriminatory.”
Cordileone promised to pray for the anti-gay marriage initiatives moving forward in Minnesota and North Carolina:
CORDILEONE: In the midst of these various challenges, we continue to be mindful and pray for those efforts seeking to protect the definition of marriage. These include the constitutional amendments protecting marriage in Minnesota and North Carolina, the continued efforts to do the same in Indiana, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and efforts to repeal the redefinition of marriage and New Hampshire and Iowa. To all our brother bishops and efforts to protect marriage in these states, thank you for your courage and witness, please count on our continued support and prayers.
The new marriage website claims that “protecting marriage as the union of one man and one woman is a matter of justice. Far from being discriminatory, the Church’s teaching on marriage upholds and enhances the dignity of men, women, and children.” “The Church, the Body of Christ, encourages all of us to seek forgiveness for human weakness and poor judgment in areas of human sexuality, which often results in human tragedy of the highest proportions,” it says.
Unfortunately, these beliefs are out of step with the mainstream Catholic population, which overwhelmingly supports marriage equality.