Moral Issues

Q: Why is marriage between a man and a woman?
(Question modified because of similar question.)

A: This question is timely since the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments concerning the legality of marriage in our country.

Our faith instructs, without qualification, that the sacrament of marriage is contracted between a man and a woman for the good of each other and the procreation and upbringing of children (see the Catechism of the Catholic Church).

Jesus himself made marriage a sacrament, both through the creation of man and woman, as told in the Book of Genesis and in reference in Jesus’ words himself in the Gospel According to Matthew, Chapter 19, Verse 5: “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one. …”

Obviously, maintaining this truth in our present culture does not make me popular with everyone, but then I was not elected bishop through a political convention. I was chosen by the Holy Spirit to uphold the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ.

There is much more to the argument about marriage being exclusively between a man and a woman from theological, biological and cultural perspectives, but I would need the rest of this Register edition.

You may wish to consult our own U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website for additional resources on the topic of marriage and family at, in the section titled “Marriage and Family.”

At the same time, we should respect those who hold positions contrary to church teaching, since those people also are made in God’s image and likeness and deserve respect as our fellow brothers and sisters.

Regardless the criticism we may receive, we must always maintain a charitable attitude toward others, as our Lord Jesus did toward the people with whom he interacted 2,000 years ago. We uphold Jesus Christ’s teachings all the while embracing his all-encompassing love.

Q: Why did God make carnivores if his commandment is thou shall not kill?

A: Thank you for starting us off with the Bible, which is, of course, God’s revealed Word. As we are referring to the Book of Exodus, Chapter 20, Verses 2-17, it is good for us to take a look at the underlying meaning of all the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments, also known as the Decalogue (or 10 words), are instructions from God to be followed if we wish to be faithful to him. These laws were given to Moses a long, long time ago on Mount Sinai.

While each one of these laws is meant for us human beings, we must understand that these Divine Laws focus squarely on our relationship with one another. In other words, God is not ordering us to become vegetarians, but instead to make certain we respect the life of one another. Each one of us people has been made in God’s image and likeness and God does not want us to forget that. “Thou shall not kill” means for you and me to respect the life of one another as God has made us to be good. We live all of these commandments in light of the two commandments Jesus reminds us of as we are meant to love God and neighbor. It seems to me that those two commandments are the ones which so many people find difficult to follow.