I was upset to read in the St. Paul Pioneer Press this morning that a priest in northern Minnesota contributed $1000 to the “vote no” campaign. Last week I attended a church (not my parish) at which the priest gave a very wishy-washy homily on why he will not speak out in support of marriage being between one man and one woman. Why are these two men of the cloth not speaking as representatives of the Magisterium? No wonder some Catholics are confused!
Bishop Paul Sirba of the Duluth Diocese has been asking Catholics in his area to uphold the Church’s teaching. “We have also taken this cultural moment as a ‘teachable moment’ to reinvigorate our catechesis on the fullness of Catholic belief about marriage and the myriad threats to it stemming from a culture that increasingly embraces divorce, contraception and cohabitation.” (SPPP)
What are some of these threats? Minnesota for Marriage has this to say:
“When marriage ceases to have its historic meaning and understanding, over time fewer and fewer people will marry. We will have an inevitable increase in children born out of wedlock, an increase in fatherlessness, a resulting increase if female and child poverty, and a higher incidence of all the documented social ills associated with children being raised in a home without their married biological parents.
Ultimately, we as a society all suffer when we fail to nourish a true, thriving marriage culture founded on the truth experienced by virtually every civilization in every nation since the dawn of time – marriage is the union of one man and one woman.”
The Archdiocesan prayer below helps to guide us during this time of elections. Perhaps you have seen it in bookmark-form in the back of your church. Please recite often and pass it on. And remember to vote YES on November 6!