Michigan's Catholic Bishops Respond to U.S. Supreme Court Redefining Marriage
Friday, June 26, 2015 (Lansing, Mich.) — Michigan's Catholic bishops released a joint statement through the Michigan Catholic Conference responding to the United States Supreme Court decision in the Obergefell v. Hodges case that redefines the institution of marriage in this country.
Today’s decision from the U.S. Supreme Court to redefine marriage represents a profound legal turning point in the contemporary and cultural understanding of spouses and family. We continue to teach that every human person deserves respect and compassion. The experience of same-sex attraction is a reality that calls for attention, sensitivity and pastoral care. While every person is called to love and deserves to be loved, today’s momentous decision will not change the truth of the Church’s teaching on marriage.
The Catholic Church teaches that marriage is and can only be the union of one man and one woman. This union brings two persons together and, because of their natural biological composition, each bring qualities to the marriage that differ from one another. Man and woman complement each other; they then become united as one in marriage and together are unique in their ability to create new life based on sexual and reproductive differences.
Every child has a mother and a father and even though each child deserves to be loved and raised by them together, we are conscious of and loving toward those circumstances in which this arrangement of a married mother and father in the home is not reality. Married couples unable to conceive children or family structures that differ – single parents, widowed parents, adopted children and those being raised by grandparents or other family members – merit compassion and support for their life situations, which at times can be difficult and challenging. The Church and her ministries must remain conscious of and respectful toward these differing dynamics, especially when support, counsel and love is sought.
Going forward, the Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage will have a significant ripple effect upon the first amendment right to religious liberty. It sets the Church’s teaching about marriage in opposition to the law and will create inestimable conflicts between the state and religious persons and institutions. As the impact of the decision plays out over the coming weeks and months the Catholic Church will continue to preach the truth about marriage and will promote, in the public square, this truth as what is good for society and our world.
- Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit
- Most Reverend Earl A Boyea
Bishop of Lansing
- Most Reverend Paul J. Bradley
Bishop of Kalamazoo
- Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone
Bishop of Saginaw
- Most Reverend John F. Doerfler
Bishop of Marquette
- Most Reverend Steven J. Raica
Bishop of Gaylord
- Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak
Bishop of Grand Rapids
- Most Reverend Michael J. Byrnes
Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit
- Most Reverend Arturo Cepeda
Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit
- Most Reverend Donald F. Hanchon
Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit
- Most Reverend Francis R. Reiss
Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit
Church of the Resurrection will be hosting an Information Night on July 6th and August 10th so you can learn more about this powerful program. The Information Night will take place in Resurrection's Parish Hall (127 Rumsey Ave.). For information, call Deacon Jack Gardner at St. Linus Church, 313- 274-4500 or visit: www.cbsmich.org
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This fall, the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan (CBSM) continues with this exciting program to study Scripture at four locations in the Archdiocese of Detroit and the Diocese of Lansing. CBSM was founded to educate the minds and fill the hearts of Catholics as they embrace the Scriptures through an in-depth study of God’s Word. From Genesis through Revelation, classes over a four-year period draw from contemporary Biblical scholarship and Catholic tradition, while focusing on the needs and interests of all Catholics.
The First Week of Class: September 21, 2015; Church of the Resurrection Parish Hall, 127 Rumsey Ave., Lansing
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Reflections on the Mass
In my homily for the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, I spent quite a bit of time talking about the “orientation” of Catholic worship, and the influence of the way we pray on what we believe. The Latin principle is lex orandi, lex credendi (the law—or rule—of prayer is the law—or rule—of belief). That means that the way we treat the altar, the sanctuary, the tabernacle, the Book of the Gospels, etc., reveal our beliefs. So too with the orientation of the priest and people during the holiest part of the Mass, the Eucharistic Prayer. Out of a desire to help us all enter more fully into the sacred mysteries, beginning the First Sunday of Advent (November 30), I will begin celebrating the Eucharistic Prayer ad orientem, that is, celebrating facing (liturgical) east with you.
Please note that the Liturgy of the Word will continue to be celebrated as usual, but at the time when we “turn to the Lord,” worshiping God the Father “through, with, and in” the Son, we will pray in our hearts and with our bodies facing (liturgical) east together, instead of versus populum (me facing you, the people). For those who are interested, in my bulletin article, I included an excerpt from a blog of a priest in Rhode Island who has made this change at his parish.
A Parish of Formation
The Church of the Resurrection and Resurrection School exist to help families fulfill their God-given responsibilities to their children. In many cases, the men and women who are parents never received a deep and strong understanding of the faith. We want to help parents grow in their own faith so that they will be able to live in ways that their children will be able to learn the faith naturally, like learning our native language. The Catholic Church provides opportunities in parishes and schools to help parents fulfill their responsibilities to feed their children spiritually. One priority for me as pastor is to create opportunities for parents to get to know Jesus personally, and to grow in their understanding of our beautiful Catholic faith. That's why we provide opportunities such as retreats, the Alpha Course, Bible Studies, and other faith formation activities. Please pray for wisdom as we make plans for further opportu- nities to have fellowship together and grow in our knowledge and practice of our faith.
As both superintendent and pastor, I am pleased that parishes like Resurrection invest heavily to make Catholic schools available and affordable to members of our community. I rejoice that we have a school and that Lansing Catholic is within our parish boundaries. As pastor, I believe strongly in the importance of parishes partnering with parents to help them grow in wisdom and knowledge. As I've said before, some families choose to educate their children at home, which is an admirable choice for those called to do so. As a pastor, I support those families and pray that the Lord would continue to lead them as they discern how the Lord would have them form their children as disciples of Christ. For those who feel overwhelmed by the challenges of home-schooling (which can be quite common), I want Resurrection School to provide a faithful option for them to consider.