SPRINGFIELD, IL, July 5, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Supreme Court's rulings on same-sex “marriage” have granted the cover of law to an “intrinsic evil” through the “raw exercise of judicial power,” according to bishop with a reputation as a highly outspoken defender of the Catholic faith.
In a statement, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, compared the high court's decision to strike down a portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and to refuse to hear a case on a California constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, to the infamous Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.
The bishop declared the court's rulings in both cases “absolutely devoid of moral authority.”
“People of faith are called to reject the redefinition of marriage and bear witness to the truth of Holy Matrimony as a lasting, loving and life-giving union between one man and one woman,” he said.
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Paprocki is not the only person to tie the issue of redefining marriage to the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide. Penny Nance, president and CEO of Concerned Women for America (CWA), called the decision “the Roe v. Wade of marriage.”
In two narrow decisions, the Supreme Court offered some national legal recognition of homosexual “weddings” conducted in states that allow such unions to take place. The 1996 DOMA Act, signed by President Clinton, had stated that the federal government would recognize only heterosexual marriages in all programs it administered.
Justice Anthony Kennedy's ruling in U.S. v. Windsor stated that the proponents of the law, and its modern defenders, had been animated only by “animus” and fueled by a desire to “disparage” and “injure” homosexuals. The ruling's especially harsh language led Justice Antonin Scalia to reply that the liberal majority had labeled supporters of traditional marriage “enemies of the human race.”
Justice Kennedy then denied a motion from the Alliance Defending Freedom to prevent the state of California from issuing marriage certificates to same-sex couples. ADF accused the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals of violating their own stay order by authorizing the issuance of official certificates before receiving a certified copy of the Supreme Court decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry.
Defending life with the precise words of the Catholic faith has earned Bishop Paprocki a whirlwind of media attention. Last summer, he declared that the planks of the Democratic Party platform – which endorse taxpayer-funded abortion for all nine months of pregnancy and homosexual marriage – “explicitly endorse intrinsic evils.”
The reaction of the Catholic Church hierarchy contrasts with that of some national political leaders who call themselves Catholic. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who describes herself as “an ardent, practicing Catholic,” greeted the marriage decisions by saying, “Thank God.”