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US bishops approve controversial letter on marriage

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The American bishops agreed to publish their controversial pastoral letter, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan, at their plenary meeting yesterday. The full text is available as a PDF on the USCCB website.

Catholic San Francisco reports: “Nearly 100 changes in two rounds of amendments preceded the 180-45 vote in favour of Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan on the second day of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops fall general assembly in Baltimore. Two thirds of the USCCB membership, or 175 votes, were required for passage of the document. There were three abstentions. Final approval came after an effort to remand the document to committee failed 56 to 169.”

A draft of the letter was heavily criticised by both the National Catholic Reporter and the Tablet. The NCR called it “a turkey of text” and the Tablet described it as “highly conservative”.

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Written by Luke Coppen

November 18, 2009 at 2:25 pm

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