I am disappointed with today’s US Supreme Court ruling that requires all states to recognize the union of same sex couples.

Pope Francis recently reminded all people of good will that “every man and woman is created out of love and created in God’s image and likeness.” (cf. Genesis 1:26) (Laudato Si, # 65) This fundamental understanding of the human person and their inherent dignity is intimately linked to our Creator. Certainly, we as members of the Catholic Church will continue to promote and defend the dignity and respect of every person.

The same Creator has also inscribed the truth of marriage in the very body of the human person. This truth of marriage as a union between a man and a woman has been received from the Creator and lived by men and women since the foundation of the world. Such truth never changes. Only human philosophies change over time. Sadly, today’s ruling by the US Supreme Court is one more shift in human thought that will not stand the test of time.

The Catholic Church will continue to preach the dignity of every human person, and invites a respect for all people, despite their own beliefs and practices. At the same time, the Catholic Church will continue to teach the dignity and sanctity of marriage as the loving and fruitful union of one man and one woman.

It is our deepest hope that today’s ruling will in no way allow the government to eventually restrict religious institutions and people of faith from teaching what we believe, and will respect our religious freedom to practice what we teach.

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