Statement of Most Reverend R. Daniel Conlon, Bishop of the Diocese of Joliet in Illinois, Regarding the Redefinition of Civil Marriage in Illinois


November 6, 2013

Statement of Most Reverend R. Daniel Conlon,
Bishop of the Diocese of Joliet in Illinois,
Regarding the Redefinition of Civil Marriage in Illinois

JOLIET, IL—Today, I stand in unison with my fellow Catholic Bishops and other clergy expressing my disappointment in the redefinition of civil marriage in Illinois. The Catholic Church deeply values and cherishes marriage, as a union between a man and a woman. When Pope Francis addressed a similar situation as Archbishop of Buenos Aires in June, 2010, he wrote “The Argentine people must face, in the next few weeks, a situation whose result may gravely harm the family. It is the bill on matrimony of persons of the same sex. The identity of the family, and its survival, are in jeopardy here: father, mother, and children. The life of so many children who will be discriminated beforehand due to the lack of human maturity that God willed them to have a father and a mother is in jeopardy. A clear rejection of the law of God, engraved in our hearts, is in jeopardy…Let us not be naïve: it is not a simple political struggle; it is an intention [which is] destructive of the plan of God. It is not a mere legislative project (this is a mere instrument), but rather a ‘move’ of the father of lies who wishes to confuse and deceive the children of God.” (“Father of lies” refers to the devil, as mentioned by Jesus in the Gospel of John.)

While this new law redefines marriage for the state, it does nothing to change what is revealed to us by God for the good of human society.


Fr. Jenkins Needs to Go!


ND president defends Obama as commencement speaker
Associated Press – 4/14/2009 7:05:00 AM

SOUTH BEND, IN – The University of Notre Dame’s president says selecting President Barack Obama as its commencement speaker and to receive an honorary degree didn’t violate a statement by U.S. bishops.

The bishops’ 2004 statement declared that “Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.” Obama supports abortion rights and embryonic stem-cell research.

In a letter to trustees, Notre Dame’s president, the Rev. John Jenkins, said the bishops’ statement couldn’t refer to Protestants like Obama because “only Catholics who implicitly recognize the authority of Church teaching can act in ‘defiance’ of it.”

(Editor’s note: Is Fr. Jenkins stupid or somethin’?)

But New York Archbishop-designate Timothy Dolan and more than 30 other bishops say Jenkins made a mistake. Dolan says honoring Obama suggests that Notre Dame is holding “him up as a model” to students.

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