- The Washington Times - Monday, May 27, 2013

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called for prayer and fasting in the days leading up to the Supreme Court’s decisions on two gay marriage cases.

“A broad negative ruling could redefine marriage in the law throughout the entire country, becoming the ‘Roe v. Wade’ of marriage,” a bulletin from the conference stated. “The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has joined with many other organizations in urging the Supreme Court to uphold both DOMA and Proposition 8 and thereby to recognize the essential, irreplaceable contribution that husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, make to society and especially to children.”

The Bishops Conference sent the bulletin, which was issued by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, across the nation.

The faithful were called upon to pray, fast and make personal sacrifices to help the court make a ruling favorable to traditional views of marriage.

“Be a witness for the truth of marriage in word and action. Take advantage of opportunities to speak about marriage’s unique meaning in conversation with friends, family, neighbors or co-workers,” the bulletin stated.

The Supreme Court is expected to soon issue rulings on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, and on a California ban on gay marriage initiated by voter referendum, Proposition 8.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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