This week Bp. Kevin Rhoades, head of the USCCB’s Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and Abp. Salvatore Cordileone, head the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage sent a letter to every bishop in America urging them to promote the March for Marriage.
Part of their letter reads:
We are grateful for this opportunity to express support for the Marriage March and to encourage participation in this event. We realize that the march will occur during the solemn days of Holy Week, but we ask that you consider promoting this event in your diocese and parishes and encourage participation where possible.
The march will be a significant opportunity to promote and defend marriage and the good of our nation, to pray for our Supreme Court justices, and to stand in solidarity with people of good will. It also complements well the bishops’ Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty that was approved last November. This is a decisive time for marriage in our country. We are deeply grateful for any support you can offer for this march.
Previous to this letter circulating, Archbishop Charles Chaput announced that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia would be organizing five buses to the march. I will be very curious to see which bishops next heed the call of their brother bishops now that this letter has gone out.
As I’ve shared before, I’m working with the National Organization for Marriage to organize the march. I would urge you to participate in any way you can, especially if you live within easy driving distance to Washington, DC. The official Facebook event page for the March has already had more than 5,000 people invited to it.
If you can’t make the march personally, please consider at least inviting all your friends and family via the event page!
I would also recommend checking out Marriage, Unique for a Reason — the USCCB website dedicated to promoting the sanctity of marriage.
Here is the entire letter by Bp. Rhoades and Abp. Cordileone: