While the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a statement of condemnation both before and after the Senate’s passage of the so-called “Respect for Marriage Act” (RMA), which enshrines “same-sex marriage” into federal law, no such condemnation has been forthcoming since President Joe Biden signed the bill into law on Dec. 13.
LifeSiteNews reached out to the USCCB to request comment and a formal statement denouncing the president signing the law but has received no reply.
Together with the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell — which the USCCB denounced — the signing of the RMA constitutes the gravest threat to marriage that the nation has seen to date. And if the threat merited the opposition of the Catholic bishops before its passage, why the resounding silence since? No mention of the law, no lament, no condemnation of the so-called Catholic president who has done more to undermine the sanctity of marriage and human life than any previous President of the United States.
To be sure, among the Catholic episcopacy, there are some courageous and outspoken bishops, notably Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, and Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City. Yet they stand out precisely because of the silence of their fellow shepherds, and now the silence of the USCCB in Washington, D.C.
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