After marriage was redefined to include same-sex couples in New York, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan is warning that this step could lead to a further redefinition that accepts multiple partners and infidelity.
The New York City archbishop said that in recent decades, the Church has been a prophetic voice warning that no-fault divorce, contraception, cohabitation and promiscuity would lead to "a cheapening of the marriage bond and harm our kids."
"And now we ring the steeple bell again at this latest dilution of the authentic understanding of marriage, worried that the next step will be another redefinition to justify multiple partners and infidelity," he said.
The archbishop surveyed the effects of the June 24 passage of New York's same-sex "marriage" law in a July 7 post on his official blog, "The Gospel in the Digital Age."
In an apparent response to the argument advanced in the New York Times and elsewhere that the Church shrank from openly fighting the legislation in his state, Archbishop Dolan said he and his brother bishops "were on the frontiers" against the bill in their writings, sermons, personal lobbying, and interviews.
He said the bishops were also backed up "by indefatigable efforts" from the New York State Catholic Conference, ecumenical and inter-religious cooperation, and thousands of Catholic faithful.