The U.S. bishops have come to the defense of the Church of Latter Day Saints for their support of California's Proposition 8, which gave state consitutional recognition to traditional marriage. Our Sunday Visitor does the same thing in our editorial for the issue dated Nov. 23. Read it here.
Here's a letter from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., chairman of the bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage, to Thomas S. Manson, president of the Mormon church:
Dear President Monson,
On behalf of the members of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I am writing to express prayerful support and steadfast solidarity with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members in view of recent events.
We have watched with great distress in recent weeks as some members of society have reacted intemperately, and sometimes even violently, to the decision of the voters in support of Proposition 8 in California. We have been especially troubled by the reports of explicit and direct targeting of your church personnel and facilities as the objects of hostility and abuse. We pray that prudence and healing may prevail.
The members of the Committee offer you our profound gratitude for your role in the broad alliance of faith communities and other people of good will who joined together to protect marriage, while at the same time, witnessing to the honor and respect due to every human person created in the image and likeness of God.
Fraternally yours in Christ,
Archbishop Joseph E. KurtzArchbishop of Louisville