Brian Brown, President of NOM, and his family were recently featured on the cover of Legatus Magazine as part of their coverage of the upcoming extraordinary synod of Catholic bishops on pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization.
"At a time when the definition of marriage and family is being distorted almost daily, The Vatican is about to convene a synod on the family that many hope will bring clarity to a culture in confusion," Judy Roberts wrote. The gathering is expected to reinforce Catholic doctrine on marriage and family.
Catholic experts quoted throughout the article explained the purpose of this synod and how Catholic teaching on the nature of marriage cannot change.
Brown was quoted extensively throughout the article, as was March for Marriage speaker Archbishop Cordileone.
Brown told Legatus that claims that the Catholic Church will change its teaching on marriage are untrue:
“On the issue of marriage as the union of man and woman, Pope Francis has repeatedly been strong. The synod is an opportunity to reassert the beauty, hope, the love that is the natural family."
Archbishop Cordileone agreed, saying:
"Church teaching can’t change. Otherwise, we’re into that dictatorship of relativism.”
The article ended with a final quote from Brown:
Regardless of the issues it takes up, NOM’s Brian Brown sees the synod as an opportunity for the Church to make clear the truth about marriage and the great good it does for society.
“To be pastoral is not to go with the times,” he said. “Nothing has changed on that front. It wouldn’t have been right for the Church to embrace what was going on in Rome in the early periods of the Church or any culture that clearly contradicts the truth. It’s a misunderstanding to think that pastoral means to fit in; to be pastoral is to stand up for the truth in and out of season.”
The full article, titled Family Under Fire, is an informative read for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Marriage defenders, regardless of their faith, will understand and appreciate the truths about marriage that the article conveys--and the importance of defending these truths against an increasingly hostile, secular culture.