STATEMENT ON CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE
The Lord is my portion and my cup…
He it is who is my delight (Psalm 16:5)
Marriage – the indissoluble union between a man and a woman – has been instituted by Christ, the Lord, as an image of the covenant between Yahweh and His chosen people. The Catholic Church teaches that marriage is not only a partnership guaranteed and protected by law, but more importantly, it has been raised to a Sacrament that both mirrors and brings about the union of Christ and His Church through the conjugal union of husband and wife.
In this regard, His Holiness, Pope Francis earnestly reminds us that “in the delicate situation of today’s world, the family founded on marriage between a man and a woman takes on an important and essential mission” (Message on the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Holy House of Loreto, Italy, March 25, 2019).
As a Benedictine school participating in the apostolate of the Catholic Church in the evangelization and formation of God’s people, San Beda University not only opens its door to all, but warmly embraces everyone who seeks to be educated in the Benedictine tradition with that same embrace by which Jesus, the Lord, asks us all to welcome one another. We do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation but rather, we ask that all – whatever their sexual orientation might be – abide by the moral teachings of Jesus, the Lord, and live according to His precepts.
In the face of the many difficulties and ambiguities that beset the human person and the family today, “a Catholic University is without any doubt one of the best instruments that the Church offers to our age which is searching for certainty and wisdom” (Ex corde Ecclesiae 10). With faith in God and moved by pastoral solicitude, San Beda University rises to the challenge. We continue to teach what the Church wishes all of her faithful to know about the Sacrament of Matrimony, not allowing the integrity of the Catholic Faith to be diluted by fad and fancy. San Beda University abides by the direction set by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.
His Holiness Pope Francis teaches the primacy of charity – and it is by this principle that San Beda University exercises its academic freedom to determine whom to teach, what should be taught, how it should be taught, and who should teach. In San Beda University, the primacy of charity is lived in the context of its fidelity to the Gospel and to the Church and her constant teaching.
That in all things God may be glorified.