DOMA and Prop 8

 



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Most Reverend Armando X. Ochoa, D.D.
Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno

The Diocese of Fresno expresses great concern and disappointment in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the most essential part of the Defense of Marriage Act which definitively recognized marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

In regards to proposition 8, the issue is currently shrouded in confusion.Our ongoing prayer and active participation in whatever action the United States of Conference of Catholic Bishops find appropriate is extremely important.

Our faith teaches us that marriage is not merely a human institution, but rather is instituted by God as a lifelong commitment between a man and a woman to live together in mutual love with openness to new life through their union. This relationship imitates the love that God has for each one of us.

Over the centuries, throughout the world and through many cultures, marriage has undergone change from a civil standpoint; however, from a Roman Catholic theological standpoint, it has not changed. It is a sacramental union of a man and a woman instituted for the good of the couple and the procreation of children.

This viewpoint does not degrade anyone but rather recognizes the special place that marriage holds in God’s plan of creation. As is stated in one of the Vatican II documents, Church in the Modern World (Guadium et Spes), “By its very nature the institution of marriage and married love is ordered to the procreation and education of the offspring and it is in them that it finds their crowning glory.”

Following the Supreme Court ruling, Cardinal Dolan, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in his statement: “The truth of marriage endures, and we will continue to boldly proclaim it with confidence and charity.”

This decision will not change the Diocese of Fresno’s theological or moral view of the sanctity and dignity of marriage nor will it alter our obligations under church law regarding marriage in the Roman Catholic Church. Moreover, this decision does not trigger any civil requirement on the part of our priests and deacons to witness the weddings of same-sex couples.

 

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Most Reverend Armando X. Ochoa, D.D.
Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno

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Jim Grant Bishop Ochoa Crest
Most Reverend Armando X. Ochoa, D.D.
Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno

La Diócesis de Fresno expresa gran preocupación y descontento a raíz de la decisión del Tribunal Supremo de anular la parte más esencial de la Ley de Defensa del Matrimonio, que definitivamente reconoce el matrimonio como la unión entre un hombre y una mujer.

La Corte Suprema se negó a pronunciarse sobre la Proposición 8 de California. Aunque la Proposición 8 se encuentra todavía en efecto, ahora es vulnerable a los efectos de la decisión sobre DOMA en el nivel federal. Hasta que la corte del Districto Federal resuelve este asunto, Proposición 8 sigue en efecto. Nuestra oración y participación hacia cualquier acción que la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos encuentre es extremadamente importante.

Nuestra fe nos enseña que el matrimonio no es solamente una institución humana, al contrario fue instituido por Dios como un compromiso de por vida entre un hombre y una mujer para vivir juntos en el amor mutuo, con una apertura a la nueva vida a través de su unión. Esta relación imita el amor que Dios tiene para cada uno de nosotros.

A través de los siglos, en todo el mundo y a través de muchas culturas, el matrimonio ha sufrido cambios desde el punto de vista civil; sin embargo, desde un punto de vista teológico católico romano, éste no ha cambiado. Es una unión sacramental entre un hombre y una mujer instituido para el bien de los esposos y la procreación de los hijos.

Este punto de vista no degrada a nadie, al contrario, reconoce el lugar especial que el matrimonio tiene en el plan de la creación de Dios. Como se afirma en uno de los documentos del Vaticano II, la Iglesia en el Mundo Moderno (Guadium et Spes), "Por su propia naturaleza, la institución del matrimonio y el amor conyugal conlleva a la procreación y educación de los hijos, y es en ellos que encuentra su gloriosa coronación.”

A raíz de la sentencia del Tribunal Supremo, el Cardenal Dolan, Presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos, declaró: "La verdad del matrimonio perdura y vamos a seguir proclamando intensamente con la confianza y la caridad."

Esta decisión no va a cambiar el punto de vista teológico y moral de la Diócesis de Fresno sobre la santidad y dignidad del matrimonio, tampoco alterará nuestras obligaciones bajo la ley eclesiástica relacionada al matrimonio en la Iglesia Católica Romana. Por otra parte, no existe un requisito civil que obligue a nuestros sacerdotes y diáconos a presenciar las bodas de parejas del mismo sexo.

 

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Most Reverend Armando X. Ochoa, D.D.
Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno

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USCCB News Release: Supreme Court Decisions on Marriage: "Tragic Day for marriage and Our nation," State U.S. Bishops

The U.S. Supreme Court decisions June 26 striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act and refusing to rule on the merits of a challenge to California’s Proposition 8 mark a “tragic day for marriage and our nation,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chair of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

The statement follows.

“Today is a tragic day for marriage and our nation. The Supreme Court has dealt a profound injustice to the American people by striking down in part the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The Court got it wrong. The federal government ought to respect the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, even where states fail to do so. The preservation of liberty and justice requires that all laws, federal and state, respect the truth, including the truth about marriage. It is also unfortunate that the Court did not take the opportunity to uphold California’s Proposition 8 but instead decided not to rule on the matter. The common good of all, especially our children, depends upon a society that strives to uphold the truth of marriage. Now is the time to redouble our efforts in witness to this truth. These decisions are part of a public debate of great consequence. The future of marriage and the well-being of our society hang in the balance.

“Marriage is the only institution that brings together a man and a woman for life, providing any child who comes from their union with the secure foundation of a mother and a father.

“Our culture has taken for granted for far too long what human nature, experience, common sense, and God’s wise design all confirm: the difference between a man and a woman matters, and the difference between a mom and a dad matters. While the culture has failed in many ways to be marriage-strengthening, this is no reason to give up. Now is the time to strengthen marriage, not redefine it.

“When Jesus taught about the meaning of marriage – the lifelong, exclusive union of husband and wife – he pointed back to “the beginning” of God’s creation of the human person as male and female (see Matthew 19). In the face of the customs and laws of his time, Jesus taught an unpopular truth that everyone could understand. The truth of marriage endures, and we will continue to boldly proclaim it with confidence and charity.

“Now that the Supreme Court has issued its decisions, with renewed purpose we call upon all of our leaders and the people of this good nation to stand steadfastly together in promoting and defending the unique meaning of marriage: one man, one woman, for life. We also ask for prayers as the Court’s decisions are reviewed and their implications further clarified.”

Links:
Promotion and Defense of Marriage

Backgrounder on Proposition 8 and DOMA