Defending the family

Archbishop vows to come to March for Marriage

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has responded that, despite criticism from political leaders in his home state, he will attend the March for Marriage this week, because his position requires him to act as a defender of the Catholic faith.

In a letter released today, Cordileone wrote that he is required "as a bishop, to proclaim the truth-the whole truth-about the human person and God's will for our flourishing ... especially the truth about marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife," Cordileone wrote. "That is what I will be doing on June 19th."

People criticized the National Organization for Marriage and added that "the Family Research Council, which is co-sponsoring the event, has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center."

In his response letter released today, Cordileone, who chairs the USCCB's Subcommittee on the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, cited words of Pope Francis that have attracted less media attention: "We must reaffirm the right of children to grow up in a family with a father and mother."

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