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PDX Archbishop on Gay Marriage Measure

March 10, 2014


By Portland Archdiocese

Statement from the Oregon Catholic Conference Concerning Proposed Redefinition of Marriage

Marriage is the conjugal union of one man and one woman, consistent with God’s design. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

God himself is the author of marriage. The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator. Marriage is not a purely human institution despite the many variations it may have undergone through the centuries in different cultures, social structures, and spiritual attitudes. The well-being of the individual person and of both human and Christian society is closely bound up with the healthy state of conjugal and family life.

As Pope Francis very recently stated, “marriage is between a man and a woman.” Marriage mirrors God’s relationship with us. Its very nature is ordered to the sexual complementarity of men and women. The future of humanity passes through the union of one man and one woman.

Marriage is a unique and profoundly good relationship that benefits men and women, any children born of their union, and society itself. Any other pairing – even one that involves love and commitment – is not marriage.

The Oregon Constitution affirms this inherent understanding of marriage. The Oregon Catholic Conference anticipates participating in the campaign to oppose repealing marriage between one man and one woman in Oregon. We will do so with a spirit of love and respect for those who may disagree with us, but we will do so with a firm commitment to boldly speak the truth of marriage.

  
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westburke March 10, 2014

Nobody has proposed repealing marriage between one man and one woman, so to what campaign does this tutorial refer?

Meg March 17, 2014

I believe that all faith institutions have a right to their own disciplines. I also believe that no faith has the right to require people not of that faith to adhere to their disciplines.
The Church of Rome is by no means the oldest faith organisation in the world and does not hold the monopoly on marriage.

Jackie Yerby March 17, 2014

As the Oregon Catholic Conference and the Archdiocese of Portland well know there are other ways to create families such as through adoption. As a former board member of Catholic Charities of Oregon I witnessed the beautiful work done by Catholic Charities’ Pregnancy Support and Adoption Services. The state recognizes that families can be created through adoption and allows couples – opposite sex and same sex – to adopt children. The children I know who are being raised by same sex couples are thriving. I have no doubt that societal acceptance of their families as real, loving and whole contributes to this.

I appreciate that the Oregon Catholic Conference recognizes the possibility that same sex pairings may involve love and commitment. If marriage is not available to same sex couples, I’m curious how the Oregon Catholic Conference propose that they have their legal rights recognized and protected. If the answer is civil union and/or domestic partnership my response would be that separate is not equal.

I’d also like to clarify that those who support marriage equality do not seek to repeal “marriage between one man and one woman in Oregon.” Rather we seek for same sex couples in loving and committed relationships to gain the same legal recognition and protection that opposite sex couples now enjoy. Allowing same sex couples to marry does not harm “traditional” marriage. Nor does overturning the deeply discriminatory ban on same sex marriage require sacramental recognition of these unions.

Joseph P. Skudlarek April 14, 2014

As an Oregon citizen and as a member of the Portland Archdiocese, I am
offended that Archbishop Sample is directing the resources of the
diocese to institutionalize intolerance and discrimination.

I strongly believe in the separation of Church and State. The Church
has the right to define the sacrament of marriage. But the Holy Roman
Catholic Church does not have the right to define the secular state of
marriage.

I strongly oppose discrimination. The Archdiocese of Portland should
not be working to legislate discrimination.

I strongly support Freedom of Religion. Archbishop Sample should not
be seeking to impose his view of religion on the rest of our
citizenry.

I pray that no one will be misled into believing that it is God’s will
to deny loving, committed couples the legal right to marry.

“Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s”, and lawful marriage
is in Caesar’s domain, not Archbishop Sample’s or the Portland
Archdiocese. That is the bold truth of marriage.

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