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Archbishop explains, defends Church stand against same-sex marriage

April 30, 2013

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco provided a strong defense of Church teaching on marriage in an interview with USA Today.

“To legalize marriage between two people of the same sex would enshrine in the law the principle that mothers and fathers are interchangeable or irrelevant, and that marriage is essentially an institution about adults, not children; marriage would mean nothing more than giving adults recognition and benefits in their most significant relationship,” said Archbishop Cordileone, who chairs the US bishops’ committee on marriage.

The archbishop said that defenders of the age-old understanding of marriage should not be viewed as bigots. He noted a growing intolerance for the opinions of those who object to same-sex marriage.


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  • Posted by: Bernadette - May. 02, 2013 3:35 AM ET USA

    The archbishop is right; however, all who try to explain Natural Law fail to understand how we came to have this problem with marriage in general: for many years now, at least 50, people have not respected the Sacrament of Marriage and more and more get married NOT for the procreation and education of children, children aren't even in the equation. Children are seen as a liability, a disruption, a scourge. So, why not same-sex "marriage"? Marriage isn't treated seriously, divorce is rampant.

  • Posted by: claire5327 - Apr. 30, 2013 11:44 PM ET USA

    God bless our Archbishop Cordileone! He speaks for all those believe in marriage is between and a woman~ the natural demands it!