Thursday, January 03, 2013

Bishop Paprocki Getting the Church's Message to the Culture

Michael Voris, senior executive producer at ChurchMilitant.TV, has been asked by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois to disseminate his newly released letter concerning same-sex 'marriage' in Illinois and elsewhere.

Our state's elected lawmakers will soon consider a bill called "The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act."  A more fraudulent title for this dangerous measure could not be imagined.   The proposed law is, in truth, a grave assault upon both religious liberty and marriage.  All people of goodwill, and especially Christ's faithful committed to my pastoral care in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, should resolutely oppose this bill and make their opinions known to their representatives.

The pending bill would, for the first time in our state's history, redefine marriage to legally recognize same-sex "marriages." But neither two men nor two women- nor, for that matter, three or more people-can possibly form a marriage. Our law would be lying if it said that they could.

The basic structure of marriage as the exclusive and lasting relationship  of a man and a woman, committed  to a life which is fulfilled by having children, is given to us in human nature, and thus by nature's God.   Notwithstanding the vanity of human wishes, every society in human history-including every society untouched by Jewish or Christian revelation-has managed to grasp this profound truth about human relationships and happiness: marriage is the union of man and woman.

Read the rest of the Bishop’s letter here.

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