US Bishops: NY Is Abandoning the Common Good

WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 28, 2011 ( “Abandonment of the common good” is how Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, described the New York State Legislature’s decision to pass the Marriage Equality Act. 

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Bishop Cordileone expressed his “grave disappointment” regarding the bill that was passed with a 33-29 vote Friday, four days after the legislative session was already to have ended.

“Marriage, the union of a man and a woman, forms the foundation of social well-being by promoting love and respect between the two most fundamental representatives of the human community,” Bishop Cordileone said in a statement released Tuesday by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  

Citing the importance of children being cared for by both their mother and father, he cautioned that “making marriage law indifferent to the absence of either sex creates an institutional and cultural crisis with generational ramifications yet to be seen.”

The prelate noted the “exceptive language” to protect religious organizations, but warned that the “actual legal effect will have to be scrutinized.”

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