On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States, by a vote of 5-4, ruled that same-sex marriage is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the United States Constitution and by so ruling, legalized same-sex marriage in every state. This decision is a disappointing and tragic mistake. It is disappointing for all who know that God is the Creator of marriage and has given marriage to us as a sacred union between one man and one woman; it is tragic for it undermines the very foundation of society and its consequences will negatively impact the life of our nation for years to come; it is a mistake for according to both natural law and divine law, marriage is a union between one man and one woman and this decision making human law denies the truth and promotes a lie.
USCCB: Supreme Court Decision on Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference
(June 26, 2015)
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 28, 2015)—The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments April 28, on the constitutionality of states defining and recognizing marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
An Open Letter from Religious Leaders to All in Positions of Public Service (PDF Version)
Released April 23, 2015
At this significant time in our nation’s history with the institution of marriage before the United States Supreme Court, we reaffirm our commitment to promote and defend marriage—the union of one man and one woman. As religious leaders from various faith communities, we acknowledge that marriage is the foundation of the family where children are raised by a mother and a father together. Our commitment to marriage has been expressed on previous occasions, including the Letter of Shared Commitment and Letter on Marriage and Religious Liberty. This commitment is inseparable from affirming the equal dignity of all people and the necessity of protecting their basic rights.
WASHINGTON D.C. (April 23, 2015)—A few days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the rights of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, more than 30 religious leaders representing diverse faith communities throughout the United States have reaffirmed their shared commitment to marriage and religious freedom. An open letter entitled “The Defense of Marriage and the Right of Religious Freedom: Reaffirming a Shared Witness” was issued to all in positions of public service on April 23.
Testimony for H.F. 1348
Cooperative Private Divorce Program
April 21, 2015
Madame Chair and Members of the Committee:
My name is Kathryn Mollen, and I am the Policy and Outreach Coordinator for the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota. I am here today to speak in opposition to HF 1348.
The Visitor: State’s Catholic bishops highlight policy priorities in meetings with governor, legislators
(by Joe Towalski)
March 6, 2015
For Bishop Donald Kettler and the other Catholic bishops of Minnesota, spending a “day on the hill” March 5 with Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers was an important opportunity to talk about the church’s public policy priorities, exchange ideas and look for common ground on key issues.
News Release (USCCB): Bishop Says National Marriage Week USA, World Marriage Day, Provide Opportunities To Celebrate Marriage and Support Married Couples
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 4, 2015)—In a letter sent to all U.S. bishops on January 16, Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), hailed National Marriage Week USA (February 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Sunday, February 8) as opportunities “to celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage and to affirm and support engaged and married couples.”
News Release (USCCB): Pope Francis Announces 2015 Visit to Philadelphia for World Meeting of Families; USCCB President Says Papal Visit Will Be ‘Joyful Moment’
WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 17, 2014)—The visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families will be a “joyful moment,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Pope Francis made his intention to travel to the United States public, November 17, in an address to the Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman at the Vatican.
Religious liberty is for all Americans, including child welfare providers
Inclusion Act remedies unjust discrimination
Parental choice among adoption agencies needs to be protected
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 31, 2014)–Three chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gave their strong support for the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2014, which was introduced on July 30 by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) in the U.S. House of Representatives and Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) in the U.S. Senate.