The Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage assists the bishops and State Catholic Conferences in promoting and defending the authentic teaching of the Church regarding the nature of marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman directed to the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of children.
The mandate of the Subcommittee includes both catechesis/education and public policy advocacy. The Subcommittee is grateful for the generous support and solidarity of the Knights of Columbus.
Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, Diocese of Oakland (chairman)
Archbishop Timothy Broglio, Archdiocese for the Military Services
Bishop Daniel E. Flores, Diocese of Brownsville, TX
Bishop Frank Dewane, Diocese of Venice, FL
Bishop John Levoir, Diocese of New Ulm, MN
Bishop William Lori, Diocese of Bridgeport, CT
Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry, Archdiocese of Chicago
The Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage is committed to protecting and promoting the true nature of marriage and the dignity of every human person, including persons who experience same-sex attraction.
Archbishop Kurtz, report to June 2009 General Assembly
Marriage is the only institution which by its very nature is designed with the capacity not only to bring forth human life, but also to welcome human life as a gift. The person is always a gift. The true nature of marriage, lived out in faithfulness, shows this. Marriage protects the gift of the person, the gift of the child. It is the fundamental institution for life … the irreplaceable place of unique communion between man and woman—a communion ordered to life-giving love. This communion has been recognized and given due regard by virtually every society in the history of our planet. Societies have recognized that there is nothing else like marriage. Marriage, and the family founded on marriage, are part of the essential make-up of the common good, necessary for the flourishing of every person and society.
Archbishop Kurtz, report to November 2009 General Assembly