Civil Marriage is not a Sacrament
Among the metropolitan archbishops receiving the Pallium on Monday during Mass to mark the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul in the Vatican, was the new Archbishop of Chicago, Blase J. Cupich. The grandson of Croatian immigrants to the United States and the son of parents with Croatian heritage, Archbishop Cupich continues to be very proud of his Croatian roots and to nurture the cultural legacy of his forebears, especially as regards the Catholic faith that permeates Croatian identity. Fr. Hrvoje Juko of Vatican Radio's Croatian Service interviewed Archbishop Cupich following the Pallium Mass in St. Peter's.

During the course of their broad-ranging conversation, Archbishop Cupich discussed issues from the laws governing the sale of firearms, to inequality in society, to immigration. Archbishop Cupich also discussed the recent decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states and every US territory. "I think that it’s important to realize that we’re talking about civil marriage here, and we’re talking about the fact that the Supreme Court considered that there is a constitutional right for people of the same sex to be married," he said.

The new Archbishop of Chicago went on to say, "That has no impact at all on our understanding of marriage, being not only a union between a man and a woman, but also a symbol of Christ and his Church." Asked about the way in which the decision might affect religious liberty in the United States, Archbishop Cupich said, "I think there’s always a need for vigilance whenever there’s a change in society as massive as this one is."

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