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Editorial: Counter Supreme Court’s ‘tragic error’ with love and patience

The U.S. Supreme Court has made its ruling and declared a right to same-sex “marriage” in all 50 states, much as it invented a right to abortion in 1973.

This is, as the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops put it, a “tragic error.” No doubt many readers of The Northern Cross were dismayed by the news, even if the outcome was not a surprise.

Does anyone honestly believe that the text of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has for 147 years demanded that the fundamental building block of all human society be redefined, in defiance of virtually all of human history, as an institution that makes no reference to the manifest complementarity of men and women or to the offspring of their union?

Yet such is the pretext, and such are the times we live in.

Threats to already imperiled conscience and religious liberty rights have taken on new vigor. It’s all very ominous. If it was already tough going for people like Brendan Eich and the owners of Memories Pizza, one shudders to think what pressures will be placed on people to conform going forward.

But as difficult as this challenge is, we must remember who we are and what we’re about. Our convictions are rooted in being faithful to God out of love for him, and in love for our neighbor out of love for God.

Our response must be no less than this. We will have to “bear wrongs patiently” as the world falsely accuses us of hate and bigotry. And we will have to work to overcome evil with good, trusting in God’s providence that even in these topsy-turvy days, he is with us.

And there is hope in that too. If God in his providence has brought us to these times, then we can trust he will also give us the grace to live faithfully in them.