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Archbishop Schnurr reacts to SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage

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Attendees of the Catholic Media Conference in Buffalo, New York watch coverage of the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)
Attendees of the Catholic Media Conference in Buffalo, New York watch coverage of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

Staff Report

The Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati, made the following comment on today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. The 5-4 decision by the court effective legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

“Under the false banner of ‘marriage equality,’ the United State Supreme Court today redefined marriage by judicial fiat. In so doing, it has disregarded not only the clearly expressed will of the electorate in Ohio and other states, but also an understanding of marriage that was shared by virtually all cultures – secular as well as religious – until recently.

“Every nation has laws limiting who and under what circumstances people can be married. This is because lawmakers have always understood that marriage does not exist just for the mutual satisfaction of the two people involved but for the betterment of society. Traditional marriage is the cradle of the family, the basic building block of society. As Pope Francis has reminded us, every child has a right to be raised by two parents, a father and a mother. Both parents are important, and they are not interchangeable. The sad reality that so many children are deprived of this right because of the crisis in traditional marriage does not make it any less important. It is deeply disappointing and worrisome that our courts do not understand this.”

“Although the decision is disappointing, it is undeniable that families headed by same-sex couples are growing in number and visibility. These families deserve everyone’s love, respect, compassion, sensitivity and, where appropriate, pastoral care from the Church.”

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the 38th largest Catholic diocese in the country, with almost 500,000 Catholics, and has the sixth largest network of Catholic schools in terms of enrollment.  The 19-county territory includes 212 parishes and 111 Catholic primary and secondary schools.

Posted June 26, 2105

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