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July 5, 2015

From Bishop Timothy L. Doherty on the U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling

Bishop Timothy Doherty“I am saddened by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision, by a 5-4 vote, to recognize same-sex ‘marriage,’” Bishop Timothy L. Doherty said June 26 after the decision was announced. “As the Catholic Church, we will continue to teach that marriage is both a natural and sacramental reality between a man and a woman.

“I agree with Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, who states, ‘Jesus Christ, with great love, taught unambiguously that from the beginning marriage is the lifelong union of one man and one woman. As Catholic bishops, we follow our Lord and we will continue to teach and act according to this truth.’

“No one should be surprised that I haven’t much more to say today, for two reasons,” Bishop Doherty said.

“First, our tradition and teachings about marriage are rational and public, for any who care to study them,” he said. “Second, the dust will have to settle for a few days. In matters this important, I am sure that both those who agreed or disagreed with the court’s decision will be learning of its unforeseen consequences in the coming days.

“In the meantime, our conversations should be tempered with a charitable tone.”

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