Bishops hear report on church’s ongoing efforts to defend marriage

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June 12, 2015

Alice and Jeffrey Heinzen of La Crosse, Wis., discuss preserving and strengthening marriage June 11 during the spring general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in St. Louis. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)

Alice and Jeffrey Heinzen of La Crosse, Wis., discuss preserving and strengthening marriage June 11 during the spring general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in St. Louis. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)

ST. LOUIS (CNS) — As the institution of marriage faces unprecedented challenges, the Catholic Church continues to promote and defend marriage as being between one man and one woman, said Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco.

As chairman of the bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, Archbishop Cordileone gave bishops at their spring general assembly in St. Louis an update on the U.S. Supreme Court’s impending decision whether same-sex marriage should be made legal nationwide as well as related public policy and the church’s catechetical efforts.

The Supreme Court is considering two issues: whether the Constitution should require a state to license a civil marriage between two people of the same sex and whether it requires a state to recognize a same-sex marriage when it was lawfully licensed and performed in another state.

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