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In the Spirit: Majority favors gay marriage? Bishop Robert Morlino doesn't see it

In the Spirit: Majority favors gay marriage? Bishop Robert Morlino doesn't see it

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As each day brings news of another elected official announcing support for same-sex marriage, Madison Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino reminds his flock in a column this week that the Catholic Church unequivocally opposes the idea.

“Little children have a right to (a) mother and father, granted by the very law of nature,” Morlino writes in the latest issue of the Catholic Herald, the newspaper of the Madison Catholic Diocese. “Why are their rights so easily disregarded in the name of other ‘rights’ which couldn’t really be rights at all? Why are the rights of children to be born in accordance with God’s will (or even born at all) completely trampled upon, in the name of ‘rights’ of other individuals to do as they feel?”

Morlino goes on to question polls showing majority support for gay marriage.

“I find it hard to believe that an overwhelming majority favor same-sex marriage, as my experience does not lead me to believe that is true,” he writes. “Still, there’s no question that many, many young people, including many Catholics, do support this redefinition.”

He encourages Catholics during Holy Week to “pray hard that our country and our culture will move away from the present direction and into the project of protecting true and authentic marriage, given by God.”

Morlino’s weekly column notes that the column is intended as “the bishop’s communication with the faithful” of the diocese. Any wider circulation “reaches beyond the intention of the bishop.”


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