In a video posted to the internet, Bishop of Phoenix Thomas Olmsted has exhorted Catholics to support Proposition 102, an amendment to the Arizona constitution that would define marriage as being between one man and one woman.
The bishop explains in the video that Catholic teaching touches on all aspects of life, providing guidance and inspiration “even in the voting booth.”
While there are many matters of “prudential judgment” on which Catholics may differ, he remarks, some issues are “non-negotiable.”
“The definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman is one such issue,” Bishop Olmsted insists.
From the Catechism:
1660 The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator. By its very nature it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children. Christ the Lord raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament