Dear Marriage Supporter,
One of the biggest pieces of news about the March for Marriage last Thursday is something that you probably won't read about in most of the major outlets. The March was honored by the presence of a very special guest: the official representative of Pope Francis himself, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, His Excellency Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.
I am extremely grateful to Archbishop Viganò for his attendance of the March, and I cannot express what a great honor it was to have him in our midst. This is a sign of great encouragement and hope for the marriage movement in America.
Archbishop Viganò's demonstration of solidarity with our movement is an exciting and edifying piece of news. The Archbishop has been a vocal defender of the family on the world stage, and his leadership and witness in this matter are exemplary.
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, the Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, remarked at the March that that Archbishop Viganò's presence "signifies the presence and support of Pope Francis."
I hope that the Catholic faithful in America, and all Christians and people of faith, will take courage from the example of leadership shown by Archbishop Viganò and Archbishop Cordileone. The witness of these pastors, who put the service of the truth first and foremost, should embolden all of us to stand up and speak out on behalf of what we know and believe to be true about marriage.
Most importantly, the example of these great men should help all Americans understand that defending the truth of marriage is not something opposed to the love of neighbor—on the contrary, it is precisely what true love demands from each of us.
Please join me in thanking Archbishop Viganò for his generous and outstanding witness on behalf of the truth of marriage and the value of the marriage-based family. Lift him up in prayer today in a special way as we continue to pray for one another and for the future of our movement. The cause of defending marriage in America is far from over: indeed, it has only just begun.
Brian S. Brown