As Ecumenical Catholics we affirm that the matrimonial covenant by which two consenting adults establish between themselves a partnership for the whole of life is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and is raised by Christ to the dignity of a sacrament.
As a bishop of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion, I am distressed by the statement coming from the Vatican today that same-sex unions are “objectively disordered.” The Roman Catholic Church continues to ban the blessing of same-sex unions.
The foundation of Catholic faith is the reality of the incarnation. By this we mean that the love of God is present in all creation. We measure love by the fruit of the Holy Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, mercy, faithfulness, and self-control. The moral issue of loving couples is whether or not love is present in this partnership for the whole of life that we call marriage.
As Ecumenical Catholics we affirm that the matrimonial covenant by which two consenting adults establish between themselves a partnership for the whole of life is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and is raised by Christ to the dignity of a sacrament. The essential properties of marriage are unity and indissolubility. Marriage is more than sex and children. It is partnership that enables a couple to go through life together, supporting one another through the good times and the bad, sharing life together.
Marriage that is grounded in unselfish love, that encourages each partner to become the best version of themselves, and that is never exploitative, is not only blessed but is a blessing to our world. The Ecumenical Catholic Communion joyfully and wholeheartedly welcomes LGBTQI2+ individuals and couples into this wonderful way to be Catholic. We bless unions, we witness marriages, and we encourage couples to live out the ideals of love, faithfulness, and commitment. We seek to strengthen their union by the grace of sacramental marriage.
My beloved in Christ, let us support all those who seek to create a partnership for the whole of life.