I am writing this on Friday, June 26, after the announcement that the Supreme Court has recognized same sex marriage as protected by the constitution and recognized throughout the United States as equal in status to heterosexual marriage. Like you, I am dealing with this announcement on many levels from knowing gay people who are celebrating to knowing other people who are unhappy. We have people from both points of view, and from other points on the spectrum, in our parish and in our church. We work with all of you, we listen to all of you and listen to the gospel of Jesus Christ in this new situation.
Our Bishop has given the following statement in reaction to the Supreme Court decision.
Bishop Patrick J. McGrath’s Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage
By Diocese of San Jose on June 26, 2015
The Supreme Court’s decision on “same-sex marriage” is disappointing to us, in that it did not affirm the Church’s definition of Marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
I echo a statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: “When Jesus taught about the meaning of marriage – the lifelong, exclusive union of husband and wife – he pointed back to “the beginning” of God’s creation of the human person as male and female (see Matthew 19). In the face of the customs and laws of his time, Jesus taught an unpopular truth that everyone could understand. The truth of marriage endures, and we will continue to boldly proclaim it with confidence and charity.”
As we continue to learn of the decision announced today by the Supreme Court, our dialogue must remain civil. Beyond the legal, ethical and moral matters related to these issues are real human beings, each created in the image and likeness of God. In our pluralistic and democratic society, people of good will espouse different points of view and must work, especially in the face of the challenges as great as these, to find common ground in our shared humanity.