November 25, 2009

The Manhattan Declaration
If you haven't heard about it yet, please read and sign the Manhattan Declaration. This ecumenical statement was released on November 20 and states in no uncertain terms our moral stand on:
  • the sanctity of human life
  • the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife
  • the rights of conscience and religious liberty
I'm proud that U.S. Catholic bishops are standing up and fixing their name to this document. (That confirms, too, for faithful Catholics the moral truth in this declaration.) As of Nov 19, signers include:
  • Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver
  • Most Rev. Salvatore Joseph Cordileone, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland, Calif.
  • Most Rev. Timothy Dolan, Archbishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of New York, N.Y.
  • Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky.
  • His Eminence Adam Cardinal Maida, Archbishop Emeritus, Roman Catholic Diocese of Detroit
  • Most Rev. Richard J. Malone, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, Maine
  • Most Rev. John J. Myers, Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, N.J.
  • Most Rev. Joseph F. Naumann, Archbishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City, Kan.
  • Most Rev. John Nienstedt, Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
  • Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix
  • His Eminence Justin Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • Most Rev. Michael J. Sheridan, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Most Rev. Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
  • Most Rev. David A. Zubik, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh
Amen.

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