Bishop Releases Pastoral Letter on Marriage
Bishop Richard Malone of the Diocese of Portland is releasing a pastoral letter which will be used extensively to teach the faithful about the gift of marriage and the need to embrace and preserve it. A pastoral letter is a fairly infrequent and detailed document which examines an issue of importance for the purpose of teaching. So far, the bishop has written three during his time as Bishop of Portland.
The letter is called, “Marriage: yesterday…today…always.” During a media gathering this afternoon, the bishop explained why he chose this topic:
“I was inspired to write about the beauty of marriage because many people have forgotten the unique and particular qualities that must be present to constitute a marriage, including having the intention of raising a family. It is also timely in light of the many threats to marriage; the attempt to redefine marriage is but one.”
Bishop Malone explained the Church does not seek to impose a law or belief on anyone, but to add its voice to the public debate about the push to redefine marriage. To explain the fullness of marriage, the pastoral uses sacred scripture and 2000 years of Christian teaching as well as the use of reason and natural law.
“We see marriage lived out in homes of the faithful and of no faith at all— people who live this ideal by reason alone. Marriage is the foundation of family and society and it strengthens the loving and lasting intimacy of man and woman who are open to new life.”
Brian Souchet, the Director of the Office for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage for the diocese says the pastoral will be discussed in Catholic schools, parishes, and special gatherings and is available here.
Source: Press release, Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland
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