Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, marched in Washington, D.C., with thousands of supporters in support of traditional marriage. In a letter written in anticipation of the march, Archbishop Cordileone said:
“Every person has a mother and a father. Marriage exists to bring a man and a woman together as husband and wife to be father and mother to children born of their union,” he added. “The intrinsic dignity of every human being must be affirmed, but this is not realized by redefining marriage to mean simply the public recognition of certain emotional bonds among adults. Marriage is rooted in the natural reality that men and women are different, and thereby complementary, and that children deserve both a mother and a father. Respecting this truth benefits everyone.”
At the March rally, Archbishop Cordileone had this to say to the nine justices considering the Proposition 8 case, “…please, for the sake of the children, please, preserve the meaning of marriage in the law, a meaning common to every human society since the beginning of the human race. For the sake of the children, please.”
The Missouri Catholic Conference asks its network members to be in prayer for the Supreme Court as they deliberate on these most important issues.