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"Consider this ... God Bless America"
2 hours ago by Daybreak TV Productions

God Bless America

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Fortnight for Freedom
3 days ago by Office of Communications

The theme for this year's Fortnight for Freedom is "Freedom to Bear Witness."   The Fortnight began June 21 and will end on July 4, 2015, a time when the liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power — St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. This year's theme focuses on the "freedom to bear witness" to the truth of the Gospel.

Several materials are available on line at www.Fortnight4Freedom.org

The following parishes have scheduled events during the Fortnight for Freedom:

Monday, June 29: 7-10 p.m., Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church (chapel), 3148 Abbott Road, Orchard Park, 14127, Eucharistic adoration

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Supreme Court decision on marriage “A tragic error” says president of Catholic Bishops’ Conference
Friday, June 26, 2015 by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

The full statement follows:

Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the question of marriage today. Neither decision is rooted in the truth, and as a result, both will eventually fail. Today the Court is wrong again. It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage.

The unique meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is inscribed in our bodies as male and female. The protection of this meaning is a critical dimension of the “integral ecology” that Pope Francis has called us to promote. Mandating marriage redefinition across the country is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us, especially children. The law has a duty to support every child’s basic right to be raised, where possible, by his or her married mother and father in a stable home.

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Bishop Malone expresses disappointment in Supreme Court marriage decision
Friday, June 26, 2015 by Office of Communications

 

I am bitterly disappointed that the majority of justices of the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to overturn the definition of marriage, which has remained unchanged for millennia. Marriage is the lifelong exclusive union of one man and one woman, a font of unitive life and love as well as the foundation of a stable family and society.

Marriage is rooted in creation: God created marriage in the very same breath as He created the human person, and for the Catholic Church, that will not change.

It is my prayer that despite today’s developments, we will embrace anew the truth, beauty and goodness of marriage as it has always been and always will be, between a man and a woman.

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