PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 5, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Pope Francis is urging American Catholics facing an unprecedented cultural and political assault on marriage to continue to “bear witness” to marriage as a “life-long covenant of love and fidelity between a man and a woman.”
“Elevated by the Savior to the dignity of a sacrament, marriage is, in the Creator’s plan, a natural institution, a life-long covenant of love and fidelity between a man and a woman, directed to their perfection and sanctification, and to the future of our human family,” said the pope.
“Today, when the institution of marriage is under attack from powerful cultural forces, the faithful are called to bear witness to this basic truth of biblical faith and natural law, which is essential to the wise and just ordering of society,” he communicated in a letter to the Knights of Columbus on the occasion of their 133rd Supreme Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The message was addressed to the Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and was signed on the pope’s behalf by the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
The Holy Father expressed his “deep appreciation” to the Knights for their “steadfast public witness which your Order has borne to our Christian understanding of marriage and the family.” read more