Prop 8 Case could be the Roe v. Wade for Marriage -- Archbishop Kurtz

Marriage Top USCCB Priority

BALTIMORE, November 16, 2010  -- Saying "today is like 1970 for marriage," Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., urged his fellow bishops Nov. 15 to look at the challenges to traditional marriage as if they could see Roe v. Wade on the horizon. He likened the situation for laws about marriage to the period just before Roe legalized abortion in 1973. "If you had seen Roe v. Wade coming three years out, what would you have done differently?"

Speaking on the first day of the bishops' annual fall meeting in Baltimore, Archbishop Kurtz made the comments as chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage, which was just upgraded to a subcommittee of the bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth. He updated the bishops on various projects to reinforce the church's teaching about the sanctity of marriage, including the release of new multimedia materials and active work in battling legislative efforts to change legal definitions of marriage in order to legalize same-sex marriage.

Archbishop Kurtz also announced that there are plans to hire a full-time staff adviser at the USCCB on marriage and family. At the end of the report, Cardinal Francis E. George, the outgoing president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, announced that the ad hoc committee would now be a permanent subcommittee of the Committee on Marriage and Family Life.

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