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“One judge takes it upon herself to challenge the will of the state, which is not necessarily what is coming from the citizens of the state,” he told the Catholic Herald Monday, June 9, referring to U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb. “Basically, this was a national effort and a national agenda that is attacking every state and each state should have a right to charter its own course.”
He said Crabb’s decision to rule unconstitutional Article XIII, Section 13 of Wisconsin’s Constitution, defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman, will not change church teaching.
“The teaching remains the same; marriage is between one man, one woman and there is logic to that,” the archbishop said, pointing to marriage as a means for propagation of the species, and the family unit as the basic unit of a stable society. “There are all sorts of natural reasons and on top of that, the aspect of the sacredness for us as Catholics, reflected in a relationship between a man and a woman, and when a court or any entity tries to redefine the reality, we have an obligation as teachers – I have an obligation – to voice my opposition to that and offer the appropriate teaching to the people.”