Indiana’s six Catholic bishops are not taking sides on a proposed state constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
In a statement released Friday, the Indianapolis Archdiocese said:
“The Church upholds the dignity of every human person, including persons with same-sex attraction, who “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. At the same time, the Church upholds the dignity and sanctity of marriage, a natural institution established by God.”
Archbishop Tobin says the bishops have been discussing the possibility of making a statement on the issue since August. He noted it is important the bishops speak as one.
“On the one hand, I hope that the statement serves to affirm the great esteem we afford to the institution of marriage, a way of life that is prior to the nation-state and any government,” Archbishop Tobin said. “On the other hand, we hope to reinforce the dignity of every human being, whom the Church accepts as a unique creation of our loving God.”
Executive Director of the Indiana Catholic Conference Glenn Tebbe encouraged Catholics in Indiana to consider both parts of the bishops’ statement and to consider the issue calmly.
“They’re making a statement that this is a complex issue that has to be dealt with in a very thoughtful and serious manner,” Tebbe said in a statement. “It’s not an easy, knee-jerk kind of reaction. There is clearly one definition of marriage under God’s laws. There is clearly the importance of each individual being made in the image and likeness of God, and is deserving of the respect and dignity that that person embodies through that divine creation.”