By electing President Obama in 2008, we in turn got two hyper-liberal Supreme Court Justices—Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor—and a host of new laws that violate the very core of our beliefs. And by re-electing Obama in 2012, America exacerbated the situation.
As a direct result of Obama’s successful appointments to the highest court, same-sex marriage may soon be the law of the land. We cannot sit back and watch Obama and his radical allies trample our beliefs. We must defend our faith and do everything in our power to stop this assault on religion in America. The reality is there isn’t much we can do to influence the Supreme Court’s rulings on same-sex marriage.
They say it’s not over until the fat lady sings.The team here at Catholic Advocate will not stop fighting for traditional marriage, or any of our core beliefs.
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.
Published by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland has joined Cardinal Dolan weighing in on the past week of activities surrounding the sanctity of marriage. In addition, Bishop Burbidge of Raleigh, North Carolina issued a statement following their amendment vote.
Bishop Cordileone’s statement is below followed by Bishop Burbidge’s:
WASHINGTON—The decision by the voters of North Carolina to define marriage in a constitutional amendment as the union of one man and one woman “affirms the authentic and timeless meaning of marriage,” said Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, California. Bishop Cordileone, chairman of the Subcommittee on the Promotion and Defense of Marriage of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), applauded the May 8 decision with Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh and Bishop Peter J. Jugis of Charlotte, North Carolina. (more…)
Adding to the growing list of “There she goes again…” Nancy Pelosi misrepresents our Catholic faith while praising President Obama for his affirmation of same-sex marriage in the Oval Office on Wednesday, May 9, 2012.
During the closing of her weekly press conference she said:
Hours after President Obama’s Oval Office interview when he announced support for same-sex marriage, the House of Representatives passed an amendment that would prevent money from being used to litigate against the Defense of Marriage Act. 48% of Catholics in the House of Representatives voted against the amendment.
But we need to take a step back first to walk through how we got to the vote … (more…)
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued the following statement:
“President Obama’s comments today in support of the redefinition of marriage are deeply saddening. As I stated in my public letter to the President on September 20, 2011, the Catholic Bishops stand ready to affirm every positive measure taken by the President and the Administration to strengthen marriage and the family. However, we cannot be silent in the face of words or actions that would undermine the institution of marriage, the very cornerstone of our society. The people of this country, especially our children, deserve better. Unfortunately, President Obama’s words today are not surprising since they follow upon various actions already taken by his Administration that erode or ignore the unique meaning of marriage. I pray for the President every day, and will continue to pray that he and his Administration act justly to uphold and protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman. May we all work to promote and protect marriage and by so doing serve the true good of all persons.”
Catholic Advocate President Matt Smith issued the following statement in response to President Obama “affirming” he believes same-sex marriage should be legal during an interview with ABC News today:
“Once again, the President is spending time advancing an anti-Catholic agenda. Marriage was created long before any government came into existence. It is a settled issue in the eyes of the Catholic Church and should not be redefined.
“First, the Obama administration takes away grant money helping victims of sex-trafficking over the Church refusing to refer the victims for abortions. Then the Obama administration violates our religious liberties by forcing Catholic institutions to pay for contraception, abortifacients, and sterilization as the President’s health care law is being implemented. And now, should his advocacy for same-sex marriage succeed, Catholic institutions could be forced once again to violate our beliefs.
“Many faithful Catholics were fooled by clever political rhetoric in 2008. This year, the anti-Catholic record of the Obama administration should inform their vote.”
Last Friday night during his celebratory press conference, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D, Catholic) said, “The legacy of this state is that we’re the progressive capital of this nation…That is the power and the beauty of New York. The other states look to New York for the progressive direction.”
Well on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, the Rhode Island General Assembly adopted the “Empire State of Mind” by voting to allow civil unions for same-sex couples while granting the right of religious institutions to ignore its provisions.
The passage of Rhode Island’s language has sent waves through the Ocean State. As Bill Cosby once said “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” (more…)
“We reached a new level of social justice this evening.” This remark from Gov. Andrew Cuomo after signing the same-sex marriage bill in New York state should alarm Catholics everywhere and Catholic bishops in particular. “Social justice” is the phrase under which many Catholics, as well as the Bishops’ Conference, engage in politics, particularly in support of civil rights and care for the poor and immigrants.
Gov. Cuomo, of course, is a Catholic, the son of a famous father Gov. Mario Cuomo who led the state of New York from 1983 to 1984. Mario Cuomo had a public duel with the late Cardinal O’Connor over abortion resulting in Cuomo’s landmark speech at Notre Dame in 1984. Cuomo argued that his belief in the Church’s teaching on abortion did not require that he support legislation in favor of that belief within a pluralistic society. Cuomo’s exact words were these:
“The values derived from religious belief will not — and should not — be accepted as part of the public morality unless they are shared by the pluralistic community at large, by consensus.” (more…)