.- A new video gives married couplesâ reflections on marriage issues, the place of children and the complementary nature of the union of a man and a woman. Openness to children, it says, has a âmajor impactâ on the Catholic view towards proposals to redefine marriage.
Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, chair of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, announced the new video âMade for Lifeâ during his report to the U.S. bishops at their June 2011 meeting in Seattle.
âOur culture is one that often forgets the sacred gift of the child, and in so doing it also fails to recognize the vital importance of a mother and a father together for the life and upbringing of that child,â he said. âIn contemporary debates about the meaning of marriage, the rights and dignity of the child should be at the forefront.â
He said the video addresses a âreal gapâ in public awareness about âthe close connection between a culture of life and a culture that promotes and protects marriage.â
âThe two cannot be separated,â Bishop Cordileone explained.
The new video is the second of five videos in a series aimed at promoting and defending marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
The video opens with several quotations from Genesis and shots of vineyards. It features several married couples and one single mother who reflect on the gift of children, sexual difference and the indispensible place of fathers and mothers.
âBeing open to children is so foundational,â one married woman says in the video. âYouâre not only open to children, youâre not just opening yourself to the possibility of the gift of life, but youâre (also) opening yourself up to your spouse.â
Other speakers reflect on their children as âa gift and a blessing,â the place of mothers and fathers as âthe building blocks of the family,â and the right of a child to have a mother and a father.
Marriage is âperfectly designedâ so that spouses love for each other can not only conceive but nurture and raise a child, one husband says.
âLife can only come forth because of our differences, and it only makes sense that the true way to raise that life is by having those differences, meaning a husband and a wife,â his wife adds. âYou have to have a husband and a wife to create a child. How perfect, then, and better for that child, to have a mother and a father in a stable unit to raise them.â
The videoâs viewerâs guide calls marriage the âfundamental and irreplaceable pro-child social institution.â The attempt to redefine marriage to include two persons of the same sex is a proposal that will âultimately empty marriage of its most basic elements.â
In addition to the viewerâs guide, the subcommittee also provides a resource guide for priests, deacons, catechists and teachers.
Previously, the subcommittee was called the Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage. As a permanent subcommittee, it is now under the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, which is chaired by Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend.
The video and guides may be purchased through USCCB Publishing or may be accessed online at http://www.marriageuniqueforareason.org.