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Nebraska Catholic Conference urges prayers for marriage

U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Washington April 28

The Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC), which represents the public policy interests of the state’s three bishops, is urging special prayers for marriage. The initiative began April 28, the day the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in cases from four states.

“On behalf of the bishops of Nebraska, I urge you to join in a Prayer Initiative for Marriage starting April 28 and continuing until the Supreme Court issues its ruling,” which could happen in June,  NCC Executive Director Greg Schleppenbach said in an email update from the conference. The conference represents Archbishop George J. Lucas and Bishops James D. Conley of Lincoln and Joseph G. Hanefeldt of Grand Island.

“Redefining marriage to be anything but what God intended (i.e. a communion of life and love uniting men and women with each other and any children born from their union) necessarily undermines the institution of marriage and the well-being of children and society,” Schleppenbach said.  

The Supreme Court is considering two questions: Does the 14th Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex, and does the 14th Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out of state?

Schleppenbach suggested that on April 28 people pray for the justices on the court, offer some form of sacrifice and attend Mass or pray before the Eucharist.

Schleppenbach also provided links to prayers on the NCC’s website,, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops,, titled: “Prayer for the Supreme Court Justices,” “Prayer for Marriage” and “Nuptial Rosary.”

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