The Minnesota Catholic Conference said it will promote and defend this “cornerstone social institution.”
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Catholics share how they are dialoging with others about the marriage amendment
Five Catholics describe joys, struggles of embracing chastity
Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa, Ontario, and other Canadians led a panel discussion on the impact of the 2005 same-sex marriage law on parental and religious rights in Canada, and what a similar law could do to Minnesota if marriage is redefined.
On a cold Friday morning in February, Teresa McCarthy of Holy Family in St. Louis Park faced a dilemma. After attending Mass at the parish, someone asked her to join a group of women for coffee. The problem? “I gave up coffee on Fridays,” she said.
Archbishop John Nienstedt joined 40 clergy and faith leaders on the steps of the State Capitol Sept. 18 in an ecumenical show of support for the Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment.
I hear it a lot, from non-Catholics and even Catholics: “Why doesn’t the Church spend more time fighting poverty and less time telling people what kind of family is best? Quit spending time on an outdated ideal of marriage and feed the hungry, clothe the naked and take care of the sick.”
– Catholic marriage: Sacramental, communitarian and missionary
– What happens if marriage is redefined?
– Why is the marriage amendment necessary?
When a court or legislature adopts a definition of marriage as the union of any two people regardless of gender, legal experts — on both sides of the marriage debate — agree that there will be important consequences for society. Scholars from some of the nation’s most respected law schools have written that the issue impacts a host of other issues, ranging from religious liberty, to individual expression of faith, to education and the professions.
The Catholic Church, in its official teaching, has always taken a positive view of sexuality in marriage. Marital intercourse, says the Catechism of the Catholic Church, is “noble and honorable,” established by God so that “spouses should experience pleasure and enjoyment of body and spirit.”