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Read Archbishop Cordileone’s Address

At the March for Marriage last week, Archbishop Cordileone gave an address at the rally.

He said, “The question is then: does society need an institution that unites children to the mothers and fathers who bring them into the world, or doesn’t it?  If it does, that institution is marriage – nothing else provides this basic good to children.”

The Archbishop also spoke about the love and support we must offer single parents, struggling marriages, teens trying to live chastely, women feeling pressured into abortion, single people hoping for a spouse, infertile couples, those who care for their ill spouses, and finally, “for the young person trying to navigate through sexual identity issues and may feel alienated from the Church because of it, maybe even because of the sort of treatment received from those who profess to be believers.  To all of you, I say: know that you are a child of God, that you are called to heroic love and that with God’s help you can do it, that we love you and want to support you in living your God-given call.”

Archbishop Cordileone encouraged everyone at the March, “not to paint our opponents on this issue with broad strokes” and to remember that there are many people on the other side of this debate of good will, seeking to do right.  Love is the answer, he reminded us.

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