Minnesota Lay Catholics Defend Church Teaching on Marriage

Explain why Catholics can never support homosexual “marriage”

St. Paul – Homosexual advocates held a rally today at the Minnesota State Capitol in support of redefining marriage to include homosexual unions. The rally was sponsored in part by an organization called Catholics for Marriage Equality.

The Catholic Defense League responded by attending the rally in order to convey the official Catholic Church teaching on marriage and correct misperceptions that Catholics could in some way support efforts to redefine marriage.

“Today’s event represents a great scandal because people claiming to invoke their Catholic identity are advocating for something that is clearly out-of-step with Church teaching,” said Dick Houck, president of Catholic Defense League.

The Catholic Church has long taught that that marriage is the exclusive, lifelong union of a man and a woman. A married couple commits themselves completely to one another and to the wondrous responsibility of bringing children into the world and caring for them.

The Catholic Church also teaches that individuals afflicted with same-sex attraction are to be treated with respect and kindness. Nonetheless, that care and respect cannot lead to approval of homosexual activity or the redefinition of marriage.

Members of the Catholic Defense League distributed an 8-page booklet summarizing these official teachings of the Catholic Church as well as clarifying that the Church’s Magisterium (comprised of the Pope, cardinals, and bishops) has the sole teaching authority for the Church.

“We are deeply saddened when any Catholic chooses to reject one of the fundamental teachings of our faith,” said Houck. “The most charitable way we can respond is to bear witness to the truth in the hope that our wayward brothers and sisters will recognize the error of their ways, repent and return to full communion with the Catholic Church.”


Pat Phillips
Catholic Defense League
3499 Lexington Ave N # 104
St Paul, MN 55126-7056

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