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USCCB committee chairs: Catholic teaching on nature of marriage cannot change

September 20, 2016

The chairmen of the US bishops’ Committees on Doctrine and on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth have issued a joint statement affirming the immutability of Catholic teaching on the nature of marriage.

“As pastors of the Church it is timely to reaffirm the Church's authoritative teaching about marriage as it comes to us from God as the author of creation and of revelation,” said Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit and Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo. “The Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage as exclusively the permanent, faithful, and fruitful union of one man and one woman cannot change.”

They added:

We cause great harm to ourselves, to each other, and to the world when we ignore the moral law given to us by God and inscribed in our very nature. The goodness and beautiful diversity of God's creation does not include those things that are consequences of our sins. The attempt to redefine the essential meaning of marriage is acting against the Creator. It cannot be morally justified.


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  • Posted by: brenda22890 - Sep. 21, 2016 10:08 AM ET USA

    This is heartening. Now I'm waiting to hear it from our pastors and bishops.