131st Supreme Convention

SUPPORT FOR THE INSTITUTION OF MARRIAGE

WHEREAS, marriage is a natural institution based on ancient human values that have evolved over time into a unique and deeply rooted social, legal and religious institution; and

WHEREAS, marriage reflects the natural biological complementarity between a man and a woman, which predates the state and which is woven into the social and religious fabric of every major culture and society; and

WHEREAS, marriage is a natural institution that predates the state, the state is therefore obligated to recognize, respect, and protect it; and

WHEREAS, the Catholic Church, based on Scripture and the Judeo-Christian tradition, teaches that marriage is a faithful, exclusive and lifelong union between one man and one woman joined in an intimate partnership of life and love; and

WHEREAS, marriage provides for the mutual fulfillment of spouses as well as the procreation and education of children; and

WHEREAS, this mutual bond provides the most favorable environment in which to protect the rights and best interests of children; and

WHEREAS, during his apostolic journey to the United States in 2008, Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI described marriage as an unconditional and unreserved “yes” to love and a “yes” to the aspirations at the heart of our common humanity, and implored us to proclaim boldly the arguments based on faith and reason that marriage is a “lifelong commitment between a man and a woman that is open to the transmission of life;” and

WHEREAS, in the promulgation of his first encyclical Lumen Fidei, Pope Francis has described “the stable union of man and woman in marriage” as a “union born of their love, as a sign and presence of God’s own love, and of the acknowledgment and acceptance of the goodness of sexual differentiation, whereby spouses can become one flesh and are enabled to give birth to a new life, a manifestation of the Creator’s goodness, wisdom and loving plan;” and

WHEREAS, marriage has become distorted and threatened, by the United States Supreme Court decision of June 26, 2013 striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that we will remain steadfast in our efforts to promote the Church’s understanding of marriage as the faithful exclusive and lifelong union of one man and one woman joined in an intimate partnership of life and love; and

FURTHER RESOLVED, that we pray that the Holy Spirit enlighten elected officials to adopt laws, and judges to make judicial decisions that affirm the family and the authentic nature of marriage; and

FURTHER RESOLVED, that we join with the bishops of the United States, Canada, and all those countries in which we are active in their efforts to achieve legal and constitutional protection at the national, provincial and local levels for the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.