August 28, 2014

Fr Patrick Henry Reardon: Why I signed the Manhattan Declaration

Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon

Father Pat's Pastoral Ponderings Fifth Sunday of Advent December 13, 2009 As I write these lines, more than a quarter-million people have signed the Manhattan Declaration, released this past November 20. I suppose I should be personally gratified, in the sense that never before have so many people agreed with me! I was, in fact, one of seven Orthodox Christians who went on record to endorse the document prior to its publication. There are several ways in which the Manhattan Declaration is significant. The first, I suppose, is the content. This is a public and deliberately political (though not partisan) pronouncement on three points: It is pro-life, pro-marriage, and pro-religious freedom. Under these headings it makes specific assertions about abortion, the scientific or medical use of human embryonic tissue, the proposed extension of legitimacy to sexual unions other than that between a husband and wife, and the limitations imposed on the State with respect to the … [Read more...]