WASHINGTON – Three U.S. bishops condemned Vince President Joe Biden for officiating at a same-sex wedding because it causes confusion over church teaching and "the corresponding moral obligations of Catholics."
"Questions revolving around marriage and human sexuality are deeply felt in our homes and communities," said the bishops. "We join with our Holy Father Pope Francis in affirming the inviolable dignity of all people and the church's important role in accompanying all those in need. In doing so, we also stand with Pope Francis in preserving the dignity and meaning of marriage as the union of a man and a woman."
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Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, was joined by two USCCB chairmen in writing a blog post about Biden presiding at a same-sex wedding of two longtime White House aides Aug. 1.
Signing on to the blog were Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth; and Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.
"The two strands of the dignity of the person and the dignity of marriage and the family are interwoven. To pull apart one is to unravel the whole fabric," they wrote. "When a prominent Catholic politician publicly and voluntarily officiates at a ceremony to solemnize the relationship of two people of the same sex, confusion arises regarding Catholic teaching on marriage and the corresponding moral obligations of Catholics. What we see is a counter-witness, instead of a faithful one founded in the truth."
They continued: "Pope Francis has been very clear in affirming the truth and constant teaching of the church that same-sex relationships cannot be considered 'in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God's plan for marriage and family." Referencing "Faithful Citizenship," the bishops' quadrennial document on political responsibility, the three prelates also noted that "laws that redefine marriage to deny its essential meaning are among those that Catholics must oppose, including in their application after they are passed."