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Bishop Burbidge Discusses Marriage Amendment on Catholic Weekly

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With the NC primary election set for May 8, 2012, this week’s edition of Catholic Weekly (MP3 | WMA) features Bishop Michael F. Burbidge discussing the proposed Marriage Amendment to the state Constitution. The Amendment will define marriage as the union of one man and one woman enacting it as the “only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”

Since the Amendment was first proposed in 2009, Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Peter J. Jugis of Charlotte have voiced their strong support FOR the Marriage Amendment and have asked Catholics in both Dioceses to vote FOR the amendment. To assist parishioners in understanding the importance of the amendment to society, the Bishops have provided resource material to remind the faithful of Church teaching on the Sacrament of Marriage.

In a recent statement, the Bishops wrote, “We are FOR marriage, as we believe it is a vocation in which God calls couples to faithfully and permanently embrace a fruitful union in a mutual self-giving bond of love, according to His purposes. It is not only the union itself that is essential to these purposes, but also the life to which spouses are called to be open, the gift of children. Children have the right to the indispensable place of fatherhood and motherhood in their lives as they grow, are loved, nurtured and formed by those whose unique vocation it is to be a father and a mother through the bond of one man and one woman in marriage.”

The Bishops have noted that the marriage amendment simply enshrines in the state Constitution the belief that marriage is a social institution whose definition cannot be changed by civil law because it is an essential and enduring institution of society that does not change from culture to culture or from generation to generation. Passage of the amendment will ensure that the current state law on marriage will not be overturned by legislative or judicial action as has occurred in other states. The FOR Marriage Amendment places the decision in the hands of the people of North Carolina.

“We ask you to join us in our support FOR the sacred vocation of marriage and what it means for us and for the future of our great State,” the Bishops said. “We urge you to visit our Catholic Voice NC website for more information and to vote FOR the referendum on May 8th.”

Resource material, including the four-part video series, on Catholic teaching on marriage is available on the Catholic Voice NC website, www.CatholicVoiceNC.org

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