“Our way of life will become counter-cultural”
Bishop Vigneron calls on the faithful to stand in defense of marriage
The California Supreme Court’s decision last Thursday legalizing homosexual marriage “is a profoundly significant matter,” inviting “pastoral support and guidance,” wrote Bishop Allen Vigneron in a pastoral message “to the Faithful of the Oakland Diocese.” Bishop Vigneron asked his priests to read the message at Masses last weekend.
Vigneron said his “relatively brief” message could not address “all that needs to be said in a full discussion of this question;” but, it would “offer some strategic points that give us a sense of our situation.”
Referring to the God-authored “purposes” of marriage – “(1) the mutual loving support of husband and wife and (2) their loving service of life by bringing children into the world and raising them to be virtuous and productive” – Vigneron said that “the experience of history … has taught us that no government has the power to change the order which God has inscribed in our nature.”
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