in Pennsylvania's First Congressional District
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennsylvania's_1st_congressional_district http://archphila.org/pastplan/MAPS/Arch.pdf
and the Central Garden State

Thursday, October 24, 2013

"The Power of Grace"

In surrendering the struggle to defend marriage in the Garden State, the National Organization for Marriage described New Jersey's Catholic governor as "a man who lacks the courage of his supposed convictions"(http://www.nationformarriage.org/).

While the secular press would have us believe that the Holy Father himself wants us to move on from marriage and human life concerns, NOTHING COULD BE FARTHER FROM THE TRUTH!

On Wednesday, the Vatican even released The Power of Grace - a remedial work, if you will, about the grandeur of marriage:


"passion persuades and zealous action rallies supporters of a position, while timidity causes doubts and discourages supporters" (Pa Pro Life Coalition) 

On our own side of the Delaware, we are seeing action/inaction from Catholics sent to D.C. that mimics Chris Christie's lack of "courage of...supposed convictions."  While Senator Bob Casey openly opposes traditional marriage, (cf, "Respect for Marriage Act (the legislation that repeals the Defense of Marriage Act [DOMA])"),  neither Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick nor Senator Pat Toomey are strong advocates for traditional marriage.

The USCCB supports H.R. 3133, the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act.  Mike Fitzpatrick has NOT joined 85 of his colleagues (including Representative Chris Smith) as a co-sponsor of HR 3133, nor has he joined the 56 co-sponsors of  HJ Res 51 (including Representative Chris Smith). The National Organization for Marriage has a special web site to send messages on HR 3133 and HJ Res 51: http://capwiz.com/nationformarriage/home/.

The Pa Pro Life Coalition asks us to urge our representatives in Harrisburg to have their leaders intervene on behalf of Pa's own DOMA, in the ACLU lawsuit.  In addition, HB 1349 absolutely deserves our support, as it seeks to  strengthen Pennsylvania's Constitution, by adding this: "Marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife and no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized."  We need our state representatives and senators to oppose HB1647 / SB719, which seeks to destroy DOMA. 

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