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Bishop Soto Speaks Out in Support of Marriage and Prop 8
The teaching of the Church regarding the sacred dignity of human sexuality is not a rebuke but an invitation to love as God loves us.  The Church’s firm support of Proposition 8 is not a rebuke against homosexuals but a heartfelt affirmation of the nature of the marriage covenant between a man and a woman.  We hope and pray that all people, including our brothers and sisters who are homosexuals, will see the reasonableness of our position and the sincerity of our love for them.


Most Rev. Allen Vigneron, Bishop of Oakland, Episcopal Advisor to Catholics for the Common Good

A Pastoral Statement on The CA Marriage Ruling
Beautiful Guidance from Bishop Vigneron of Oakland

SAN FRANCISCO, May 18, 2008 -- This past weekend the Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron, Bishop of Oakland, asked his priests to read a brief pastoral message at Masses regarding the California Supreme Court same-sex "marriage" ruling.


Pope to American Bishops:
WASHINGTON, DC, April 22, 2008 -- The first formal ecclesiastical event in Pope Benedict's pastoral visit to the United States was his meeting with the entire body of U.S. bishops on Wednesday at the Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington, DC. Here he laid out his program for the episcopate in reviving Catholic life in America. It goes without saying that the goal is to make all things new, to enable the faith to permeate every aspect of life. But the primary means to this goal, according to Benedict, is formation in the faith, particularly Christian moral formation.


Holy See: Base of Human Rights Is . . . Being Human
Rights Do Not Come From the Group One Belongs To
The UN Must Affirm Rights of Every Person

GENEVA, MARCH 17, 2008 - It is important to clarify and identify the source and foundation of human rights, since experience and cultural traditions often affect the understanding of this concept, the Holy See affirmed.


Professor Notes Gaps in Basic Concepts About Person
Course Aims to Reveal Treasure of Magisterium
Editor's note: This article illuminates the root cause of conflicts over the protection of human life from conception to natural death, and over the meaning and purpose of marriage, family and human sexuality. The root is a fundamental difference in understanding of what it means to be a human person. It points out the importance of understanding Catholic social teaching and Christian anthropology to develop a fuller understanding of who we are and what it means to be made in the image and likeness of God, who is a community of three persons in a relationship of love. Helping people develop this understanding is a key part of the mission of Catholics for the Common Good.


The Whys and Wherefores of Catholic Sexual Ethics
The Way to True Freedom and True Love
In some ways the teaching of the Catholic Church on sexual ethics is well known. Most people know what the Church teaches. Her basic teaching is this: one can rightly choose to exercise one's genital sexual powers only when one, as a spouse, freely chooses to engage in the conjugal act and, in that act, chooses to respect fully the goods of mutual self-giving and of human procreation.


Bishop Jaime Soto, Sacramento MarriageKeeping Our Eyes Fixed on Marriage
SACRAMENTO, August 16, 2008 --Some years ago, during a meeting with a now-deceased member of the state Democratic caucus regarding a then-proposed measure to change the definition of marriage, the legislator shot back at me: “Well, without procreation, what would be the difference?”




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