Head of Portland Diocese Signs Declaration on Moral Issues

PORTLAND — Bishop Richard Malone of the Diocese of Portland recently joined with more than 140 Christian leaders in signing on to a joint declaration pledging renewed zeal in defending the unborn, defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman and protecting religious freedom.

The Manhattan Declaration is a movement of Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical Christian leaders collaborating on moral issues of great concern.

The document concerns itself with three fundamental areas of mutual concern to these Christian leaders: the sanctity of human life, marriage as the exclusive union of one man and one woman and religious liberty and freedom of conscience.

The “Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience” was signed by 14 Catholic bishops, Evangelical and Orthodox leaders and other Christians. The document pledges the group’s “obligation to speak and act in defense of these truths” and stressed that “no power on Earth, be it cultural or political, will intimidate us into silence or acquiescence.”

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