Regarding the Redefinition of Civil Marriage in Illinois

Statement of Most Reverend R. Daniel Conlon, Bishop of the Diocese of Joliet in Illinois,

Regarding the Redefinition of Civil Marriage in Illinois

JOLIET, IL-Today, I stand in unison with my fellow Catholic Bishops and other clergy expressing my disappointment in the redefinition of civil marriage signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn. The Catholic Church deeply values and cherishes marriage, as a union between a man and a woman. When Pope Francis addressed a similar situation as Archbishop of Buenos Aires in June, 2010, he wrote “The Argentine people must face, in the next few weeks, a situation whose result may gravely harm the family. It is the bill on matrimony of persons of the same sex.