Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Minnesota Catholic Conference: '...effects of marriage redefinition will begin to manifest themselves in the years ahead'

Minnesota Catholic Conference
The Minnesota Catholic Conference the association of the state's Roman Catholic Bishops. The Bishops are not pleased.

They are displeased that Minnesota is now an equal marriage state. Furthermore, they demand the right to discriminate. They want someone to be able to say "I am a Catholic and I am not going to rent you a tuxedo for a gay wedding." They call that religious liberty.


The only constitutional right that they have, and the one that they were afforded, is that the Church is not required to consecrate, solemnize or recognize same-sex marriages. The same First Amendment, from which they derive freedom of religion, precludes making laws in recognition of religion. The Establishment Clause is not all that complicated a concept.


 Nevertheless, according to their statement:
Today the Minnesota Senate voted to redefine marriage in Minnesota. The outcome, though expected, is no less disappointing.

The full social and legal effects of marriage redefinition will begin to manifest themselves in the years ahead. The Church, for its part, will continue to work to rebuild a healthy culture of marriage and family life, as well as defend the rights of Minnesotans to live out their faith in everyday life and speak the truth in love.

Although we were unable to convince legislators that Minnesota needed to strengthen marriage, not redefine it, we take comfort in the words of Our Lord Jesus Christ from today’s Gospel: ”In the world you will have trouble,but take courage, I have conquered the world.” (Jn 16:33)

May St. Joseph, patron of the universal church, and Our Lady of Fatima, intercede for the Church, the State of Minnesota, and our nation.


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