United States Conference

of Catholic Bishops

Promotion and Defense of Marriage

July 2, 2015

Statement on the Supreme Court Marriage Decision

Most Rev. Oscar  Cantu

Bishop of Las Cruces


Every human person is created in God's image and likeness. As such, society has a responsibility to respect the inherent dignity of every human person - including those who disagree with us, those who are homosexual, and those who disagree with the Church and live according to their homosexual inclinations. That being said, respecting individuals, even those who disagree with the Church's teaching on sexuality, is not the same as redefining marriage. The decision of the Supreme Court will have far-reaching and adverse affects on society, on institutions, public schools, and families. This decision not only affects gay couples wishing to marry; it affects everyone and will attempt to force those of us who believe that marriage can only be contracted between a man and woman to accept decisions that betray our conscience.


The Supreme Court is wrong—the Constitution does not require states to redefine marriage. The Court’s decision will not stop public dialogue; the debate will and must continue. Like Roe v. Wade, this decision will not end public debate. No one and no court can make what is false true. Marriage by its nature remains the union of one man and one woman—this is a matter of reason, not just faith.


Man and woman were designed by God for each other, and only a man and a woman can form a union that brings forth children. Redefining marriage in the law is gravely unjust and affects everyone, especially children.  Moreover, marriage is the one institution that connects children to their mothers and fathers.


One of the effects of law is that it teaches, and this ruling will make it more difficult for future generations to know the truth about marriage and for children to understand their origins. Mothers and fathers are irreplaceable; this ruling does not respect the rights of children to be raised, where possible, by their own married mother and father in a stable home.  Changing the definition of civil marriage affects thousands of laws at once, endangering the religious freedom of institutions and individuals who hold the authentic meaning of marriage as a union of one man and one woman.  We will continue to strive to ensure that all of our pastoral practices are consistent with the authentic teaching of the Church. This includes the practices of Catholic institutions.


I call on the Church to pray for family life and on all people to strengthen marriage. With renewed purpose we call upon all people of good will to promote and defend the unique meaning of marriage: one man, one woman, for life. I ask that we increase our efforts to strengthen marriages and families and rebuild a marriage culture. Let us pray for all the future victims of this ruling, particularly children. The Church will continue to reach out with love and support to all people, including those who who are homosexual. All people are loved by God and are called to love Him.

June 30, 2015

The New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops

Statement on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program


We stand with the many New Mexico’s families who live in poverty and experience hunger. Our state has among the highest rates of hunger and poverty and it is very alarming that more than 30% of our children are experiencing hunger. READ MORE

June 26, 2015

Supreme Court Decision On Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says President Of Catholic Bishops’ Conference


WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).


June 10, 2015

Bishops briefed on rollout of environmental encyclical at spring meeting


ST. LOUIS -- Pope Francis’ coming encyclical on the environment will represent “a significant moment in the life of the church,” Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski said Wednesday during the annual spring meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Wenski and Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, N.M., briefed their fellow bishops on the papal document... READ MORE

June 10, 2015

USCCB President Delivers Statement On Race Relations At General Assembly


ST. LOUIS—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), delivered a statement on race relations at their annual Spring General Assembly, June 10.


Baccalaureate Presentation

New Mexico Military Institute

May 15, 2015

Bishop Oscar Cantú, STD


Sometimes the obvious needs to be stated.  Sometimes articulating what we clearly see allows us to acknowledge where we are and to more clearly proceed where we wish to go. ... MORE


Reflections from the Catholic Social Tradition

Keynote Address

Most Rev. Oscar Cantú, Bishop of Las Cruces


Lumen Christi Institute Conference, Chicago

April 30, 2015


Let me begin by stating what an honor it is to be participating in the Lumen Christi conference on the Family in a Changing Economy. I have not been able to attend one of these meetings until now, but I am...



Nuclear Disarmament: Time for Abolition

By Bishop Oscar Cantú


Delivered at

Nuclear Weapons and the Moral Compass

Sponsored by

The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See and The Global Security Institute

United Nations Headquarters, Conference Room 4

April 9, 2015


I am grateful to the Holy See Mission and the Global Security Institute for sponsoring today’s event, and to the United Religions Initiative, Religions for Peace, and the World Evangelical Alliance for their support.  In particular, I want to thank our host Archbishop Auza for his gracious invitation.


My modest contribution to our discussion will be anchored in the Catholic tradition and in the statements of the Holy See and the U.S. bishops.  I have entitled my remarks “Nuclear Disarmament: Time for Abolition,” borrowing a phrase from the Holy See’s contribution to the December 2014 United Nations meeting in Vienna. READ FULL TEXT

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