U. S. Catholic Bishops Approve Document on Marriage
- U.S. Catholic bishops approve document on marriage
Aim is to oppose divorce, cohabitation, same-sex unions
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Edwin F. O'Brien
University of Virginia
Gays and Lesbians
United States Conference
By Matthew Hay Brown | matthew.brown@...
November 18, 2009
The nation's Catholic bishops approved a broad new document on marriage
Tuesday, laying what its writers described as the foundation for the
American church's efforts to promote the institution as the joining of one
man and one woman.
"Thank goodness this is out there, clearly stated, with ample documentation
and very reasonably put forward," said Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien
ic/edwin-f.-obrien-PERLL000306.topic> of Baltimore, which is hosting the
fall general assembly of the U.S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops this week. "I think it's going to be a very
While "Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan" does not represent new
Catholic teaching, bishops said the pastoral letter would address a need for
an authoritative source to which church leaders may refer as they campaign
against divorce, unmarried couples living together and same-sex unions. The
bishops, meeting through Thursday at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, are
scheduled to hear details of that campaign on Wednesday.
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