Bishop gives statement about Supreme Court ruling
BATON ROUGE - Robert Muench, the Bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, issued the following statement Wednesday night, in reference to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling regarding same-sex marriage:
"Today's United States Supreme Court's decision regarding Obergefell v. Hodges,
ruling against the scripture-based and time-honored definition of marriage, is a cause for both sadness and concern. By natural law, the Bible, historical tradition and common usage, the term "marriage" has referred to a union of one man and one woman. As Archbishop Kurtz, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, stated today: "Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable." (Statement of June 26, 2015)
This Catholic belief regarding marriage stands alongside the universal command of Jesus to love neighbor as a sign of our loving God (1 John 4:20).
Seeing God as the author of all creation, we are called to respect all humans, honoring their divine given dignity and recognizing their uniqueness. As at all times and in all circumstances we submit this
matter to prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:13), entrusting ourselves to the Ultimate Supreme Authority (Exodus 20:2)."
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