Bishops Promoting Marriage Amendment

WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 4, 2006 ( The president of the U.S. bishops’ conference is asking prelates that they and the people in their dioceses become involved in the effort to support a federal constitutional marriage amendment.

Bishop William Skylstad, in a letter to all U.S. Catholic prelates, also said that the Knights of Columbus have initiated a national postcard campaign to promote support for the Protection of Marriage Amendment. The amendment defines marriage as consisting only of a union between a man and a woman.

“Today there is a growing sense shared by many people, including a wide range of religious leaders, that a Marriage Protection Amendment is the only federal-level action that ultimately will protect and preserve the institution of marriage,” Bishop Skylstad said.

“In particular, timely and focused efforts are needed to help the Catholic faithful form their consciences on such an important matter,” he added.

The prelate said that the Protection of Marriage Amendment will be introduced in the U.S. Senate in June.

Bishop Skylstad also stated that the Knights of Columbus have offered to extend their postcard campaign to every diocese and parish in the country. The Knights will distribute the postcards through their system of councils this month and next.