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Catholic Leaders Resolve to Hold Firm to Biblical Marriage Teaching (10086)

Meanwhile, legal scholars weigh the decision's ‘catastrophic’ impact on the free exercise of religion.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex “marriage” is a constitutional right, in a long-awaited decision that will have sweeping and unpredictable consequences for U.S. jurisprudence, cultural norms and religious freedom.

Catholic leaders, legal scholars and marriage experts reacted with dismay to the landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges and three related cases.

But they also expressed resolve that the decision would not discourage their efforts to preach and teach the truth about marriage and to advance respect for the institution as a union of one man and one woman committed to the care and education of children.

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States of Alert: Political and Church Leaders Seek Shelter Against Marriage Ruling (4186)

Defenders of marriage assess the damage wrought by the Supreme Court’s decision to redefine the institution in the Unites States.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision Friday in Obergefell v. Hodges that legalizes same-sex “marriage” across the country will present serious challenges to state governors, lawmakers and Church leaders concerned with protecting religious freedom and conscience rights.

Several governors called for new legislation Friday on the state and federal levels to safeguard religious freedom in the wake of the high court’s ruling.

“As a result of this decision, the only alternative left for the American people is to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reaffirm the ability of the states to continue to define marriage,” Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said in a statement.


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The Catholic Church and the ‘New Normal’ (16301)

COMMENTARY: Seven sobering impressions from the Supreme Court’s ruling to redefine marriage in the United States.

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In the wake of the Supreme Court’s marriage decision today, these sober thoughts occur:

  1. The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has rendered a decision that puts the court at odds with the Constitution, with reason and with biblical religion.
  2. SCOTUS has gotten it wrong before. It got it wrong on race in Dred Scott, and it repeated the mistake in Plessy v. Ferguson (which upheld segregated public facilities). It got it wrong by concocting a constitutional “right” to abortion on demand in Roe v. Wade and doubled down on that mistake by getting it wrong on abortion again in Casey v. Planned Parenthood. Now, SCOTUS has gotten it wrong on marriage. There are remedies to SCOTUS...READ MORE

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Does Supreme Court’s Marriage Decision Protect Religious Entities? (8948)

COMMENTARY: For faithful Christians, Jews and Muslims, the ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges leaves more questions than answers.

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In the days running up to today’s Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage (Obergefell v. Hodges), constitutional pundits predicted a wide range of outcomes: from the creation of a sweeping constitutional right to same-sex marriage to a ruling that leaves the issue to the states, to an outright rejection of marital rights for same-sex couples. The Supreme Court has now spoken and has broadly and unequivocally stated that there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

The question now arises as to how this ruling will impact religious organizations that hold deep and sincere beliefs opposed to same-sex marriage. Will governmental authorities require churches and synagogues to...READ MORE

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US Bishops on Marriage Decision: ‘A Tragic Error’ (7274)

In an official statement, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, called today's Supreme Court ruling ‘profoundly immoral and unjust.’

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WASHINGTON — Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has released the following statement regarding today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex civil marriage nationally:

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 40 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...READ MORE

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Vatican Remains Mum on Medjugorje: No Decision Has Been Made (3509)

Contradicting Italian media reports, a Vatican press official told the Register today that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has not ruled against the validity of the alleged apparitions.

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican said Friday that, contrary to reports in Italian media, no decision has been made regarding certain doctrinal and disciplinary aspects of alleged Marian apparitions at Medjugorje.

At the time of writing, the Holy See Press Office hadn’t issued a formal statement on the matter, but Passionist Father Ciro Benedettini in the Vatican Press Office told the Register June 26 that officials of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) had not yet met to review the findings of a three-year commission that investigated the Medjugorje phenomenon.

He repeated June 11 declarations from Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican’s chief spokesman, communicating...READ MORE

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Breaking: US Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide (12068)

The U.S. Supreme Court has just released its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding by a 5-4 margin that the 14th Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex.

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Editor’s note: This article has been updated.

WASHINGTON — In a wide-reaching decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has declared that same-sex “marriage” is a constitutional right and that states must recognize same-sex unions.

By a vote of 5-4, the court ruled June 26 that states must recognize same-sex “marriages” under the 14th Amendment and recognize such unions contracted in other states.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing the majority opinion, said the court now holds that same-sex couples may “exercise the fundamental right to marry.” He characterized this as a liberty that had been denied to them.

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Pope to Future Vatican Diplomats: You Are Not Called to Be the High Functionaries of a State (1005)

The Holy Father reminded them that they are ambassadors for Christ: ‘Your whole life is at the service of the Gospel and of the Church. Never forget it!’

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told the graduating class of Holy See ambassadors on Thursday that their main mission is to be Christ’s representatives to the world.

“It is not possible to represent someone without reflecting their features, without evoking their face,” he said June 25 at the Vatican’s Consistory Hall.

What does the face of Christ look like in the world? Truth and love, the Holy Father said.

“Jesus said, ‘Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.’ You are not called to be the high functionaries of a state,” Pope Francis explained, “but, rather, the guardians of a truth that supports those who offer it.”

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