Thursday, September 27, 2012

Archbishop John J. Myers, pastoral letter in defense of marriage.

"If they continue to be unable to assent to or live the Church's reaching in these matters, they must in all honesty and humility refrain from receiving Holy Communion until they can do so with integrity; to continue to receive Holy Communion while so dissenting would be objectively dishonest."

Archbishop Myers' timely pastoral letter addresses the truth and sanctity of marriage in opposition to the artificial social construct of same sex marriage, pointing out, "Our understanding of how best to live out the meaning of marriage may have evolved over time. But the nature, essential properties and purposes of marriage are not ours to change."  The Archbishop goes on to reiterate and explain Catholic teaching on homosexuality.  The text of the letter can be found here

The Archbishop's letter covers every aspect of the challenges made by same sex marriage advocates, while recognizing the problems which brought us to where we are today.  I recommend everyone read the letter, however I just want to post an excerpt here:
The prevalence of false ideologies about our nature affects how we think of our bodies.
These ideologies have degraded the body, treating it as separate from the identity of the person. Identity appears to rest only mind and will, and the body is regarded as part of a lower order of creation. To some, sexual activity is understood simply as a source of pleasure or recreation, or as a way of satisfying an appetite just like hunger or thirst. Its deeper meaning as a one-flesh unity of covenantal partners is lost.
The loss of the sense of fidelity and permanence within marriage and the loss of the centrality of offspring within marriage (through contraception and abortion) in favor of pleasure, has contributed to the arguments for “same-sex marriage.” Worse, it has undermined the wellbeing of many children and contributed to numerous social problems affecting the common good.
One of the best services we can provide to our Church and our society is to commit or recommit to faithfully and lovingly living out our own commitments to marriage and celibacy for the Kingdom. Our children and our nation need the example of many, many faithful people fulfilling in a joyful and self-sacrificing way their vocations. In particular, I ask all to renew their efforts to be child-focused families where the good of the children comes before career or “personal fulfillment.” - Archbishop Myers


  1. "One of the best services we can provide to our Church and our society is to commit or recommit to faithfully and lovingly living out our own commitments to marriage"

    Good. Now lets see him put those words into action where he actually does have some control of the issue by stopping the separation and annulment scandal in his diocese.

  2. Praise God for our faithful Bishops.


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