October 30, 2008
WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops have taken their concerns about same-sex unions to YouTube, the popular video-sharing Web site.
Both videos are available on YouTube at
The English-language video features Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of
Louisville, Kentucky, chairman of the United States Conference of
Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage.
Archbishop José Gomez of San Antonio, chair of the bishops' Committee
on Cultural Diversity in the Church, speaks on the Spanish-language
The USCCB seeks "to promote and protect marriage for the gift that it
is and for the blessings that only it can bring to the world. For this
reason," the bishops state, "we come forward in defense of marriage."
"Certain groups and individuals are trying to make same-sex unions the
equivalent of marriage," they state also. "This is a false idea being
proposed and, in some cases, imposed by a minority. This is nothing less
than the radical redefinition marriage -- denying the truth that it is
exclusively the union of a man and a woman."
The bishops warn that if successful, "this effort of redefining
marriage to include same-sex unions will bring confusion to what
marriage actually means. This confusion could spread and have enormous
legal consequences for the rearing of children, public education,
employment, and religious freedom. Children would be forced to learn
that marriage is merely one kind of loving relationship among many.
Churches would be prevented from witnessing to and teaching about the
necessary and singular role of love between a man and a woman."
"Same-sex unions and marriage are completely different realities," they
state also. "Reaffirming the traditional understanding of marriage is
neither discrimination nor the denial of rights. Like all people,
homosexual persons have the right to be treated with respect and to live
in peace with the support of their loved ones. But it is to the
benefit of all members of society that the institution of marriage be
preserved as the relationship of a man and a woman that serves the
common good in a distinct way. Society needs marriage in order to
establish and sustain that basic unit of society in which men and women
love each other and transmit life to their children who are the fruit
of that love."
The video is the latest in a series of activities to emerge from the
Defense of Marriage Ad Hoc Committee. The Committee assists the bishops
and State Catholic Conferences in education, catechesis, public policy
advocacy and communications strategies and their implications for
society and the culture.