Archdiocese of Washington on the Same-Sex Marriage Decision of the U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a ruling that in effect redefines the civil definition of marriage nationwide. The law of the land affirms that “marriage” in civil law may now include two persons of the same sex. 

While this is not the Church’s understanding of marriage, it is a definition confirmed by the Court. 

Our Catholic faith teaches that every person, regardless of race, creed, color, age, gender or sexual orientation, has dignity and is loved by God.

The Church’s teachings on human sexuality and life reflect this truth. Read entire press release here.

National Celebration of the Fortnight for Freedom

The Closing Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, with homilist Archbishop Thomas Wenski
Saturday, July 4 at 12 p.m., National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C.

See full list of schedules and resources here.

Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home

On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si') is the new appeal from Pope Francis addressed to "every person living on this planet" for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.

Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path.

This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility.  Learn more and read the encyclical.

Join with tens of thousands Catholics across the state who are lending their voices to building the common good in Maryland.
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These printable resources and guidelines have been prepared to assist Parishes, Schools, and other Catholic organizations.
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Maryland is governed by three branches of government; the executive branch, the legislative branch, and the judicial branch.
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The work of the Maryland Catholic Conference to advance the public policy interests of the Catholic Church in Maryland​.
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