Dear Parishioners,

Today, I stand with Archbishop Dolan and his defense of marriage against the constant attacks that have come against this age-old, common sense, divinely inspired institution. Instead of speaking my mind, I give to Archbishop Dolan of New York my attention and invite everyone to read his very cogent and very much needed response to a recent decision by our nation's president. The Archbishop writes:

"The announcement on February 23 that the President has instructed the Department of Justice to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is an alarming and grave injustice. Marriage, the union of one man and one woman as husband and wife, is a singular and irreplaceable institution. Only a man and a woman are capable of the “two-in-one-flesh” union of husband and wife. Only a man and a woman have the ability to bring children into the world. Along with that ability comes responsibility, which society historically reinforces with laws that bind mothers and fathers to each other and their children. This family unit represents the most basic and vital cell of any society, protecting the right of children to know and be known by, to love and be loved by, their mother and father. Thus, marriage represents the bedrock of the common good of society, its very foundation and future."