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USCCB: pray, fast that the Supreme Court uphold Proposition 8

May 03, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has asked Catholics to pray, fast, and abstain from meat on May 3 “for the justices of the US Supreme Court, that they would respect the authentic meaning of marriage by upholding California’s Proposition 8.”

Proposition 8, the 2008 California referendum defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman, “was challenged as being unconstitutional and is now under review by the U.S. Supreme Court, with a ruling expected in June,” a USCCB flyer notes. “The USCCB urges the Supreme Court to uphold Proposition 8. A negative ruling could mean that marriage would be redefined nationwide.”

The bishops’ conference has asked Catholics to fast and abstain from meat on all Fridays until the conclusion of the Year of Faith.


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  • Posted by: unum - May. 03, 2013 6:14 PM ET USA

    In our civil courts, the term "respect (for the) the authentic meaning of marriage" has no legal meaning. The bishops' statement is nonsensical, and raises questions about their competence. But, if the bishops asked for prayer that the Court would respect the "will of the people", that would mean something. And, if our progressive bishops asked for prayer that the Court would not "invent rights not enumerated in the Constitution", that would be praying for something really worthwhile.