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Wisconsin Catholic Conference comments on U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Catholic Conference   
Friday, Jun. 26, 2015 -- 1:18 PM

Today the U.S. Supreme Court has determined that the U.S. constitution equally protects the right of same-sex couples to enter into a civil marriage in all 50 states. This ruling regrettably trumps both the express will emanating from the deliberations of voters and legislatures across the country, and millennia of understanding across cultures as to what marriage is.

At the same time, the opinion of the Court also recognizes that “the First Amendment affirms that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and their faiths and to their own deep aspiration to continue the family structure they have long revered.”

For our part, our Catholic faith teaches, as it always has, that marriage is and can only be the union of one man and one woman. Man and woman complement each other; they then become united as one in marriage and together are unique in their ability to create new life based on sexual and reproductive differences. Our teaching in that regard will not change.

We will also continue to teach that every human person deserves respect and compassion. The experience of same-sex attraction is a reality that calls for attention, sensitivity, and pastoral care. Each of us is called to love and each of us deserves to be loved. Here too, we will continue to witness this value.

As the impact of the decision plays out over the coming weeks and months the Catholic Church will continue to preach the truth about marriage and human dignity. We will invite our fellow citizens to share in our values and commitment to them.

Married life is better with NFP, says couple at synod Print E-mail
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Written by Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service   
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 -- 12:00 AM
Jeff and Alice Heinzen, Synod on Family 2014
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, talks with Jeff and Alice Heinzen of Menomonie, Wis., as they leave the morning session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican October 13. The couple are auditors at the synod. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Catholic couples who ignore Church teaching on contraception "don't know what they are missing," said a U.S. couple invited to address the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family.

Alice and Jeff Heinzen, family life leaders in the Diocese of La Crosse, spoke at the synod October 7, urging efforts to find new ways to share its teaching about the beauty of family life.

Natural Family Planning

Although the couple has practiced Natural Family Planning (NFP) for 27 years and taught NFP -- Alice is a member of the NFP advisory board for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops -- they did not speak specifically about family planning in their presentation to the synod.


Catholic Conference comments on Court of Appeals ruling Print E-mail
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Thursday, Oct. 09, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- The Wisconsin Catholic Conference offered the following comment on the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court declining review of the recent ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which held that the state’s constitutional provision defining marriage violates the U.S. Constitution:

“As Attorney General Van Hollen has stated, government officials must comply with these court decisions and apply the marriage law consistent with the District Court’s order and the Seventh Circuit’s decision.

“As we made clear in commenting on the ruling by the Court of Appeals, no court can change our Catholic teaching on marriage, and no one is suggesting that the ruling will have that effect. Catholic churches are under no obligation to solemnize marriages that are inconsistent with our religious teaching.

“We also noted then that the challenge facing Catholics remains the same as it has always been, to witness our belief in marriage and what it signifies in a way that invites others to share in our belief. We must do so with a strong and active faith.”

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