Cardinal DiNardo calls same sex marriage decision ‘tragic’ & vows struggle

Archbishop Daniel Cardinal DiNardo guides more than one million Catholics in the Houston area and describes the Supreme Court decision legalizing same sex marriage as “tragic.”

“Marriage is between one man and one woman. That’s the only way there can be a sacrament of marriage. So as far as we are concerned this will have absolutely no effect on celebrating the sacrament of marriage in our churches,” said DiNardo.

Beyond this court decision DiNardo promises continued struggle.

“There is nothing in the constitution that would demand this decision except judges acting like legislators. We have to take our place and not be afraid to be different in the public square and to state our differences kindly, but clearly,” said DiNardo.

Asked how Catholics should respond to charges of bigotry, the Cardinal offered guidance:

“Our disagreement is about a fundamental reality about what marriage is, not about the personal worth and dignity of anyone whether of same sex attraction or opposite sex attraction,” said DiNardo.

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NPR Interview with Dr. Rick Scarborough

 

Religous Leaders Discuss Supreme Court Ruling Regarding Gay Marriage on Conference Call

 

Dobson, Graham to Supremes: We’ll choose Bible

Bob Unruh – WND.com

Prominent Christian and Jewish leaders are warning the U.S. Supreme Court justices in a full-page ad in major newspapers that they will not honor any decision that violates the “biblical understanding of marriage as solely the union of one man and one woman.”

The statement by the leaders — who include Franklin Graham, James Dobson, Frank Pavone, Don Wildmon, Jerry Boykin, Alveda King and Alan Keyes — appears in a full-page ad in the Washington Post, USA Today and other papers.

“We affirm that marriage, as existing solely between one man and one woman, precedes civil government. Though affirmed, fulfilled and elevated by faith, the truth that marriage can exist only between one man and one woman is not based solely on religion but on the Natural Law, written on the human heart,” the leaders say in the ad.

“We implore this court to not step outside of its legitimate authority and unleash religious persecution and discrimination against people of faith. We will be forced to choose between the state and our conscience, which is informed by clear biblical and church doctrine and the natural created order.”

Their conclusion?

“We will not honor any decision by the Supreme Court which will force us to violate a clear biblical understanding of marriage as solely the union of one man and one woman.”

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The West’s Hatred of Children – and Families

Bill Muehlenberg – Culture Watch

The first thing that entered my mind when the Irish decided to commit national suicide by voting for the destruction of marriage was: “As in the days of Noah…” Back then evil became so pronounced, so widespread, and so terrible, that only a handful of people were spared the just judgment of God.

The West is in no better place today. It has declared war on marriage, on family, and on children. In doing so of course it has declared war on God. How much longer the West can survive is a moot point. But it is no longer a question of if it will perish, but when.

One of the greatest evils in the recent Irish vote of course was the total disdain shown to the children. They have been denied the fundamental human right to be raised by their own mother and father. This is nothing less than child abuse.

In my several books on homosexuality I document thoroughly how children suffer in such circumstances. Others of course recognise these basic truths as well. David van Gend of the Australian Marriage Forum put it this way:

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Christianity isn’t dying

Ed Stetzer – USA Today

Pew Research Center survey found the Christian share of the American population declined almost 8 percentage points from 2007 to 2014. Drawing from this point, many continued their breathless claims that the Christian sky is falling.

Rather than predict the impending doom of the church in America, this latest study affirms what many researchers have said before. Christianity isn’t collapsing; it’s being clarified. Churches aren’t emptying; rather, those who were Christian in name only are now categorically identifying their lack of Christian conviction and engagement.

Gallup recently found that weekly religious attendance as a percentage of the U.S. population is about where it was in the 1940s — hardly a statistical collapse.

Simply put, the strains of a funeral dirge aren’t being played at the graveside of American Christianity because there is no body for burial.

Evangelicalism is growing

Yes, you read that correctly. Evangelical Christianity is growing in America. From 2007 to 2014 the number of evangelicals in America rose from 59.8 million to 62.2 million, according to Pew.

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Dr. Dobson May Newsletter:

Dear Friends,

May I urge you to read this letter carefully? It has been written with a fervent prayer that you will recognize the urgency it conveys. It deals with a decision that is about to be announced by the U.S. Supreme Court, dealing with the definition of marriage. In late June or early July, the Justices will reveal their decision to either affirm the definition of marriage as being exclusively between one man and one woman, or it will redefine this institution to include same-sex unions. If marriage is to be reconfigured in the law, which court-watchers predict is almost certain, every dimension of the culture will be adversely affected. It will be one of the most momentous rulings in U.S. history, tantamount to the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. As we know, that terrible ruling 42 years ago divided the nation irreparably and has resulted in the deaths of 58 million babies.[i]

I do not recall a time when the institutions of marriage and the family have faced such peril, or when the forces arrayed against them were more formidable or determined. Barring a miracle, the family that has existed since antiquity will likely crumble, presaging the fall of Western civilization itself. This is a time for concerted prayer, divine wisdom and greater courage than we have ever been called upon to exercise.

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Robert George Speaks at National Prayer Breakfast

 

CSPAN Press Conference – Religious leaders discusss their opposition to same sex marriage

 

Dr. James Dobson Interviews Panel on Upcoming Gay Marriage Ruling

Guest panel includes Dr. Rick Scarborough, Mat Staver, and Tim Wildmon – Three Parts

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