MIAMI (CNS) — Traditional marriage is “best for children” and efforts to legalize same-sex marriage will “open a Pandora’s Box of unforeseen and, to be sure, unintended consequences,” Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski said during the annual Red Mass.
Delivering the homily at the April 23 Mass, Archbishop Wenski said the growing movement in support of same-sex marriage would “redefine marriage for all as existing solely for the gratification of two consenting adults” rather than for the creation of life.
He suggested that consequences of same-sex marriage would affect society much as no-fault divorce legislation did four decades ago.
The archbishop argued to members of the Catholic Lawyers Guild that traditional marriage recognizes the sexual difference between man and woman and that social policy has long supported such marriages because they “provide the optimal conditions for the raising of future generations of its citizens.”
He stressed the difference between natural law and man-made law. He said that in recent decades, American jurisprudence has moved away from its Judeo-Christian roots — which hold that truth is “not constructed but received” — to “a radical autonomy” in which truth is determined “by one’s own will.”
“There is little reason for optimism (on same-sex marriage),” Archbishop Wenski said, alluding to the Supreme Court’s earlier decisions in Casey v. Planned Parenthood and Roe v. Wade, both of which barred the government from banning abortion. “We have gone from ‘We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights’ … to a new secular religion based on the ‘right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.'”
He urged the judges and attorneys, “as Catholic Christians and officers of the court,” to recall the example of St. Thomas More, the patron saint of lawyers and political leaders, and to seek his prayers.
“May you be, in his words, ‘for the greater glory and honor of God and in pursuit of his justice … able in argument, accurate in analysis, strict in study, correct in conclusion, candid with clients, honest with adversaries, and faithful in all details of the faith.'”
Contributing to this story was Ana Rodriguez-Soto, editor of The Florida Catholic, in Miami.
In a time of crisis CatholicPhilly.com keeps the information flowing
During the current coronavirus crisis, you can help CatholicPhilly.com deliver the kind of news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live ― every day.
Budgets are tight at this time, and CatholicPhilly's is no different than those of most families. We make sure your donation in any amount will go a long way toward continuing our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month.
Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103