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Manhattan Declaration

November 26, 2009

LifeSiteNews has an article stating that Over 150,000 Sign Manhattan Declaration in Less than a Week.

November 26, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The unprecedented pro-life, pro-marriage and pro-religious freedom Manhattan Declaration, unveiled in a press conference last Friday, has already been signed by over 150,000 individuals in less than a week, and the numbers are continuing to rise by the second.

The 4,700-word “Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience” was drafted by Dr. Robert George, Dr. Timothy George and Chuck Colson. At the time of its release last week it was signed by more than 125 prominent religious figures, including figures from Orthodox, Catholic and evangelical Christian denominations. That number has now risen to over 170, including 18 Roman Catholic bishops, in addition to the 150,000 ordinary Christians.

Colson says he hopes that the document will eventually be signed by more than 1,000,000 individuals, which, given its current momentum, hardly seems out of the question.

The Declaration is a non-denominational statement that throws down the gauntlet to a secular culture that is increasingly encroaching upon the rights of Christians who hold to traditional moral values, especially on the issues of marriage and the right to life.  “We pledge to each other, and to our fellow believers,” says the document, “that no power on earth, be it cultural or political, will intimidate us into silence or acquiescence.”

The document goes on to challenge the growing movement to silence Christians by force of the law in the strongest terms, going so far as to intimate civil disobedience. “Unjust laws degrade human beings,” says the document. “They lack any power to bind in conscience. [Martin Luther] King’s willingness to go to jail, rather than comply with legal injustice, was exemplary and inspiring.”

The enormous popularity of the document appears to arise largely from its ability to bind together Christians from diverse theological and denominational backgrounds to fight for a common cause – the right to life, the preservation of true marriage, and the right to religious liberty.

The Catholic bishops that have signed the document so far are:

  1. Bishop Sam Aquila – Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Fargo, ND (11/26/09)
  2. Most Rev. Robert J. Baker, S.T.D. – Bishop of Birmingham, Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama (11/26/09)
  3. Most Rev. Paul G. Bootkoski – Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen, NJ (added 1/12/10)
  4. Most Rev. Robert A. Brucato – Retired Auxiliary Bishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, NY (added 1/4/10)
  5. Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput – Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver, CO (11/26/09)
  6. Most  Rev. Paul S. Coakley – Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Salina, KS (added 12/16/09)
  7. Most Rev. George W. Coleman – Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River, MA (added 1/12/10)
  8. Most Rev. Salvatore Joseph Cordileone – Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland, CA (11/26/09)
  9. Most Rev. Frank J. Dewane – Bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida (added 12/9/09)
  10. Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio – Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn (11/26/09)
  11. Most Rev. Timothy Dolan – Archbishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of New York, NY (11/26/09)
  12. Most Rev. Kevin J. Farrell – Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas, TX (added 1/12/10)
  13. Most Rev. John C. Favalora – Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami, FL (added 1/12/10)
  14. Most Rev. Victor Galeone – Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine, FL (added 1/12/10)
  15. Most Rev. Joseph J. Gerry, O.S.B., Ph.D. – Bishop Emeritus, Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, ME (added 1/4/10)
  16. Most Rev. Daniel R. Jenky – Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Peoria, IL (added 12/21/09)
  17. Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz – Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville, KY (11/26/09)
  18. Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde – Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington, VA (added 1/12/10)
  19. His Eminence Adam Cardinal Maida – Archbishop Emeritus, Roman Catholic Diocese of Detroit, MI (11/26/09)
  20. Most Rev. Richard J. Malone – Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, ME (11/26/09)
  21. Most Reverend Dale J. Melczek – Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Gary, IN (added 1/4/10)
  22. Bishop Robert C. Morlino – Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Madison, WI (11/26/09)
  23. Most Rev. John J. Myers – Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, NJ (11/26/09)
  24. Most Rev. Joseph F. Naumann – Archbishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City, KS (11/26/09)
  25. Most Rev. John Nienstedt – Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, MN (11/26/09)
  26. Most Rev. Edwin F. O’Brien – Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore, MD (added 1/3/10)
  27. Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted – Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, AZ (11/26/09)
  28. Most Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades – Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, IN (added 1/4/10)
  29. His Eminence Justin Cardinal Rigali – Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, PA (11/26/09)
  30. Most Rev. Michael J. Sheridan – Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs, CO (11/26/09)
  31. Most Rev. Allen Vigneron – Archbishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Detroit (Detroit, MI) (added 11/29/09)
  32. Most Rev. Michael W. Warfel – Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Great Falls-Billing, MN (added 1/4/10)
  33. Most Rev. Thomas Wenski – Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Orlando, FL (added 1/4/10)
  34. Most Rev. Donald W. Wuerl – Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. (added 12/21/09)
  35. Most Rev. David A. Zubik – Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, PA (11/26/09)

The Manhattan Declaration is a seven page document available here, and you can sign the declaration here.  The following is an overview from the home page:

The Manhattan Declaration

A Call of Christian Conscience

Christians, when they have lived up to the highest ideals of their faith, have defended the weak and vulnerable and worked tirelessly to protect and strengthen vital institutions of civil society, beginning with the family.

We are Orthodox, Catholic, and evangelical Christians who have united at this hour to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good, and to call upon our fellow citizens, believers and non-believers alike, to join us in defending them. These truths are:

  1. the sanctity of human life
  2. the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife
  3. the rights of conscience and religious liberty.

Inasmuch as these truths are foundational to human dignity and the well-being of society, they are inviolable and non-negotiable. Because they are increasingly under assault from powerful forces in our culture, we are compelled today to speak out forcefully in their defense, and to commit ourselves to honoring them fully no matter what pressures are brought upon us and our institutions to abandon or compromise them. We make this commitment not as partisans of any political group but as followers of Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen Lord, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Andrew Vanyo permalink
    November 27, 2009 10:59 pm

    I highly endorse the Manhattan Declaration and join with others in its support.

  2. smc permalink
    December 6, 2009 1:02 pm

    I am disappointed, yet somehow not surprised to see only 19 bishops have signed. How many are there in the US? 600 or something like that?
    (I think this list is only the US ones — I believe there are some on the list from other countries if i am not mistaken).

    Why is this? What is there to disagree with here in this document that is not straightforward and self-evident for any Catholic?

    I am very happy and impressed to see Bishop DiMarzio on this list and I thank him for doing so. Though I do wish he’d take a stronger stand against the pastors and priests in his Dioceses with a progressive agenda that panders to the menu Catholics who wish to change the Catholic church into something that is decidedly un-Catholic.

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