Letter to the Editor | Freedom of, not from, religion

December 12, 2013 

Something needs to be said on the matter of “marriage” in regard to some very misleading comments in this paper.

In the Catholic faith tradition that I was brought up in, marriage is not an institution of man, but rather a Holy Sacrament that is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace rooted in sacred Scripture, which is discussed in detail in the “Catechism of the Catholic Church.”

Accordingly, marriage is not subject to change at the whim of man, as what God has given man can never take away.

Jesus’ admonition in the Gospel of St. Matthew to “Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s” does not absolve Caesar from “rendering to God what is God’s,” without whom Caesar would cease to exist.

“Freedom from religion” is not in the Constitution. “Freedom of religion” is, for which Americans fought and died to secure our unalienable, God-given rights in the Declaration of Independence, which is fulfilled in the Constitution — a declaration that put a premium on the “laws of nature” and of “nature’s God” and relying on the protection of God for its support in its conclusion.

People of faith are not obliged to check it at the door upon entering public life to please the godless, but are called to witness to it for the sake of the common good, leading ultimately to a supernatural good in a kingdom not of this world.

Gary L. Morella

Lemont

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