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In what may be a unique circumstance as regards men studying for the priesthood, five of the 16 seminarians of the Diocese of Lake Charles are related – three are grandchildren of Sam and Barbara Ange and there are two other cousins. The interesting story was recently highlighted by John Bridges on KPLC-TV’s Hometown Hero. The segment can be viewed by clicking here.

“Bishop Provost contacted the Diocese of Lafayette and personally offered his condolences and thoughts to the victims and their families, as well as all involved in this tragic event at a local movie theater.   The Bishop added, ‘The faithful of our Diocese stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Lafayette, extending our support and prayers.   May our faith be strengthened at this time of trial.’”  

In the U.S. Supreme Court case, Obergefell v. Hodges, the opinion of the five-member majority creates the legal right of two persons of the same gender to marry one another. At the same time, the opinion states, “[I]t must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned.”

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