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Abp. Cordileone: Fighting for Marriage is Our Way of Loving God

 

Archbishop Cordileone, chairman of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage for the U.S. bishops, talks about the spiritual dimension of suffering persecution to stand up for marriage, in answer to a British journalist explaining that she was intimidated about sharing her pro-marriage convictions in a TV debate:

"...I admit that I didn’t step up to the plate when Channel 4 invited me on live television to debate gay marriage, because I didn’t want to become a hate figure. I feared my career would suffer and I wouldn’t be able to pay my rent. The archbishop sighs and responds: “You say that you can’t debate it without suffering for your beliefs, so who is being discriminated against? Who is being intolerant? It is the secular orthodoxy that allows no dissent and will punish those who do.”

When I concede that I feel like a coward for passing up the opportunity to argue the case for marriage on television, Archbishop Cordileone says: “It’s a lot easier for us priests to speak out. Fellow clergy are not going to marginalise us. And we’re not going to be passed up for a promotion or lose our jobs!”

While speaking out may be less daunting for priests, he encourages lay people to embrace the challenge, which for us in Britain means actively opposing the forthcoming gay marriage Bill. Archbishop Cordileone urges us to see it as a way of winning grace. “Fighting for marriage is our way of loving God, and the struggle is the particular gift that God has given our generation. This is our particular trial, and by overcoming it we may achieve spiritual greatness. It will entail suffering if we are to oppose gay marriage, something which poses such destruction to the understanding of natural marriage, which is a child-oriented institution.” (UK Catholic Herald)

3 Comments

  1. Truth-teller
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    The good archbishop CorDUIeone is being persecuted as we speak. He was even arrested for his valiant defense of marriage.

  2. FreeToXpress
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    “Fighting for marriage is our way of loving God, and the struggle is the particular gift that God has given our generation. This is our particular trial, and by overcoming it we may achieve spiritual greatness."

    I really like this. It strengthens my resolve to stand up for one man, one woman marriage even deeper. Thank you for your wisdom, Archbishop.

  3. Bobby
    Posted January 30, 2013 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    My understanding is that the archbishop was arrested on a DUI charge last year for which he plead guilty and paid a fine. Has he been arrested another time for speaking his views?