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Marriage cannot be redefined by decree: USCCB official

Catholic World News - July 18, 2011

In her more recent monthly column devoted to Catholic issues from a Latino perspective, the assistant director of media relations at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops likened the legalization of same-sex marriage to a farcical decree that mandates that apples be called “oranges.”

“Marriage does not exist to publicly sanction just any kind of affective relationship, friendship or partnership between people of the same or different sex,” writes María del Mar Muñoz-Visoso. “Marriage is a society with very specific features and purposes.”

“St. Thomas Aquinas said at one point that unjust laws were not laws at all,” she concludes. “And that one could and even should rebel against them. What are we waiting for?”

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  • Posted by: GabrielAustin9013 - Jul. 19, 2011 11:31 AM ET USA

    Why again do we have statements by USCCB bureaucrats about a subject on which bishops are supposed to be the experts? What else can one call it except bishops shirking their responsibilities? Marriage is not a subject for a debating class.

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