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Supreme Court will soon consider marriage cases; USCCB requests fasting

Catholic World News - March 01, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has asked Catholics to offer their fasting and abstinence from meat on March 1 “for the justices of the Supreme Court, that when they consider two marriage-related cases later this month, they would uphold the authentic meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, a good in itself and for all of society.”

“Beginning this month, the Supreme Court will consider two marriage-related cases: United States v. Windsor, about the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and Hollingsworth v. Perry, about California’s Proposition 8,” a USCCB flyer explains, adding:

Depending on how the Court rules, there could be ramifications for marriage laws throughout the country. Oral arguments for the cases begin March 26, the same day as a March for Marriage to show support for upholding the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. A ruling on both cases is expected from the court by June.

The USCCB has asked Catholics to fast and abstain from meat on all Fridays until the conclusion of the Year of Faith; abstinence is obligatory on Fridays of Lent.

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  • Posted by: unum - Mar. 03, 2013 7:37 AM ET USA

    Minnesota Mary understands the problem. The bishops are calling for political action from the faithful, but do not have the courage to teach the laity about the sin in our culture and Church teaching about sin. Foreign priests coming to the U.S. are amazed that American Catholics ignore Church teaching on contraception and homosexuality and then don't feel the need to confess our sins. They regard America as a missionary assignment!

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Mar. 02, 2013 1:00 PM ET USA

    In addition to fasting, perhaps the bishops and their priests in each diocese could start teaching the flock about what the Church teaches regarding homosexuality. Preaching on Romans 1:19-32 would be a good place to start.

  • Posted by: kwonbbl1 - Mar. 01, 2013 11:12 PM ET USA

    Afflicted with gay ideology, culture, and politics, from the President down they are hell-bent to promote gay life style, not just in their private life (closets), but out in the public (on streets and in schools). Will the Supreme court succumb to the hedonistic modernism and political appeasement? Will they prove prudent to stop changing the very meaning of the word 'marriage' to turn into nothing more than copulation people engage in? Will decency and common sense of humanity survive?

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