Keep Calm and Catholic On

There will be lots of heat burning up the interwebz regarding today’s SCOTUS decisions in Windsor and Perry. Knowing that Supreme Court decisions are never what their most avid proponents or their most ardent opponents think they are, I’m waiting till the dust settles and looking for sources of light—calm, reasoned reflection—in the meantime.

The Catholic Telegraph of the Cincinnati Archdiocese is in early with clarity and hope.

Neither decision will have the effect of requiring states to honor same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions, but the DOMA case likely will affect how the federal government must treat same-sex marriages for purposes ranging from Social Security benefits to taxation.

Dan Andriacco, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, told The Catholic Telegraph that the decisions are not what the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and U.S. bishops hoped to see.

“Obviously we in the archdiocese and the bishops of the United States were hoping both cases would go the other way,” Andriacco said. “At this point however, it appears nothing in today’s actions nullifies the actions of Ohio and a number of other states in preserving traditional marriage. That is a very positive aspect of today’s developments. We’d really have to study the decisions further to understand the full implications but that’s the initial appearance of what happened today.”

SCOTUSblog will have analysis of today’s opinions from Dr Helen Alvare and other legal scholars later today.

Meanwhile, the day goes on. Defense of Marriage Act or not, nothing exempts or prohibits us from acting on our call to defend marriage, family, and the dignity of every human person, with charity and light. The Holy Spirit shows us the way. Be not afraid.


  • Gail Finke

    Oh, but I am afraid, Joan.

  • Cojuanco

    With all due respect, how do we go on? The anticlericals are taking over everything! I know that we are not the first Catholics to live in the midst of unbelievers, but many of us weren’t prepared for this! In my more irritable moments I’ve wondered whether we should not take off the kid gloves and resort to the same tactics our opponents use.

  • Brian Sullivan

    Me thinks that some like it dusty: Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind.

  • hamiltonr

    Excellent post Joanne!

  • The Twin

    “With all due respect, how do we go on?”

    Try Matthew 22:39. I find it an able tincture.

    • TheodoreSeeber

      That’s illegal now.

  • Y. A. Warren

    It does make it more difficult to follow one’s own conscience when your beliefs are inconsistent with the laws of your land. Perhaps this will actually strengthen religions by having people ask what they really believe..