Couples for Christ USA National Council Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Same-sex Marriage
June 26, 2015 will forever be a dark day for our nation, with the United States Supreme Court decision requiring all states to recognize and legitimize same-sex marriages. CFC USA’s position on this issue has never wavered.
Our CFC Global Vision states that we are one with the Catholic Church and its teachings.
One of our CFC Global goals includes strengthening and defending the family as a basic unit of society and of the Church in accordance with God’s plan.
Our CFC Statement of Philosophy states:
WE BELIEVE in marriage as an indissoluble institution as taught by our Lord Jesus Christ (Mt 19:6). That God created marriage primarily for love between man and woman, and for the procreation and proper rearing of children.
WE BELIEVE that God created man and wife with equal personal worth and dignity. That God ordained order in the family by giving the man the role as head of the family and the woman as helpmate and support, which best expresses their complementarity.
True to our CFC theme of 2015, our response is to “Love More”.
We will love more our God and faithfully obey His Commandments.
We will love more our Church that He instituted and continue to promote, defend and live by her teachings.
We will love more our children and the younger generation and pass on to them God’s truth on marriage.
We will love more our brethren with opposing views and treat them with respect, justice and pastoral care.
We will love more by not being indifferent or passive, but instead by being a light of Christ in this world that seeks to destroy the basic unit of society, the family.
Below is the full statement from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB):
Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the question of marriage today. Neither decision is rooted in the truth, and as a result, both will eventually fail. Today the Court is wrong again. It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage.
The unique meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is inscribed in our bodies as male and female. The protection of this meaning is a critical dimension of the “integral ecology” that Pope Francis has called us to promote. Mandating marriage redefinition across the country is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us, especially children. The law has a duty to support every child’s basic right to be raised, where possible, by his or her married mother and father in a stable home.
Jesus Christ, with great love, taught unambiguously that from the beginning marriage is the lifelong union of one man and one woman. As Catholic bishops, we follow our Lord and will continue to teach and to act according to this truth.
I encourage Catholics to move forward with faith, hope, and love: faith in the unchanging truth about marriage, rooted in the immutable nature of the human person and confirmed by divine revelation; hope that these truths will once again prevail in our society, not only by their logic, but by their great beauty and manifest service to the common good; and love for all our neighbors, even those who hate us or would punish us for our faith and moral convictions.
Lastly, I call upon all people of good will to join us in proclaiming the goodness, truth, and beauty of marriage as rightly understood for millennia, and I ask all in positions of power and authority to respect the God-given freedom to seek, live by, and bear witness to the truth.
We strongly encourage all CFC USA members to be united in our efforts to pray, fast, offer up our daily Rosary and Mass intentions, and make our voices be heard through the democratic process by upholding marriage in our respective states and continue to promote, defend and live the good and the truth of marriage as the blessed union of one man and one woman as husband and wife for life.
Couples for Christ -USA National Council
Eric Villanueva Rod Bustos Roger Santos
National Director Evangelization & Mission Church Relation Office
Tat Reyes Ding De Guzman Jojo Reandalar
Mission Services Finance Family Ministry