Inspire Catholics to uphold and promote a culture that safeguards the dignity of the human person.
- Defend our Catholic beliefs and our rights to express those beliefs
- Preserve and defend the dignity of every human being
- Provide education about movements/organizations that infringe on our beliefs
- Work to help the institutional church to provide this leadership
- Support Father Rothrock (short-term)
- Provide a voice to the laity in these troubled times
- Galvanize the church community
- Communicate our purpose and objectives
- Promote truth to ignite critical thinking
- Spread the compassionate message of love, peace and forgiveness
- Engage parishes to be receptive to our message
- Build our base of supporters
- Launch an educational effort on organizations and movements that infringe on our Catholic beliefs
- Host Rosary Rallies of Peace and Unity at Churches and other locations
- Formalize the CUP organizational and committee structure and charters
HOW WE BEGAN
Father Ted Rothrock, a priest for 37 years, and getting ready to conclude a very successful 22 years of service as pastor at St. Elizabeth Seton in Carmel, Indiana, penned his weekly bulletin message for parishioners on June 28, 2020, teaching his flock about his understanding of the insidious nature of the Black Lives Matter protests. A recently-formed small group of non-Catholics, who do not even reside in the parish boundaries, were offended by the straightforward talk in this bulletin article. This group declared an intent to protest around the church the next Sunday, July 5, and demanded the “defrocking” of Father Ted by his boss, Bishop Doherty of the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana.
A few faithful, concerned by the possibility of protests and wanting to defend Father Ted’s ability to pastor his flock, decided that praying in front of the St. Elizabeth Seton statue at the parish that Sunday was the best way to bring peace and unity to the Catholic faithful in the area. What began as a few prayer warriors grew into more than 120 that day. In the meantime, Bishop Doherty removed Father Ted from pastoral leadership at Seton. Fr. Ted would not become the pastor of the largest parish in the Diocese, Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Carmel as expected on August 19. So on July 5, the new administrator of St. Elizabeth Seton invited this group of non-Catholic protestors onto church property on the Sabbath, when the focus should be on God, Holy Mass, and prayer. They brought with them Black Lives Matter protestors carrying signs displaying foul language, sowing hate, and supporting BLM.
After 10 hours of prayer countering the protests, Bishop Doherty modified his language toward Father Ted and issued a new statement that countered his initial July 5 message at Seton indicating that he does not support the Black Lives Matter Worldwide Network or Antifa , recognizing much of their goals are antithetical to Catholic teaching and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
From that July 5 day of deep prayer, the organizers decided to formalize itself into Catholics for Unity and Peace (CUP), to help Priests, Bishops, and the Faithful understand the importance of both the message of Father Ted and the goodness of supporting similar messages.
CUP began with the intent of inspiring Catholics everywhere to uphold our beliefs and our right to express those beliefs. We must have the courage to speak up when we see organizations infringing on our beliefs. Equally important is the need to promote a culture where the dignity of every human person is safeguarded.
Our beliefs stem from both Church Tradition and Sacred Scripture.
We believe the dignity of the human person must be preserved and defended because each of us is made in the image and likeness of God.1
We believe that gender is tied to biological sex, and so tied to the spiritual reality of a person. By natural law, we believe a person’s gender cannot be different than their biological sex and therefore gender fluidity is not possible.2
We believe that “human life is sacred: from its very inception”. 3
We believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. 4 By natural law, we believe that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.5
We believe that the family is the God-ordained basic unit of society which is important for its success; a society that does not recognize the family will eventually fall apart.6
We believe in democracy that accepts and embraces God’s existence and love of His creation, rather than Marxism or Socialism because both reject God’s existence and is centered on a materialist worldview that divides people, limits religious freedom which leads to a culture of death.7
We believe in fostering a community where social justice is obtained by respecting the transcendent dignity of the human person, whose defense and promotion have been entrusted to us by the Creator.8
We believe the pathway toward unity and peace is through prayer and dialogue.
1 Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), Paragraph #1700
2 “Male and Female He Created Them” Towards a Path of Dialogue on the Question of Gender Theory in Education,” by Congregation for Catholic Education
3 From the Encyclical Letter Mater et Magistra of Pope John XXIII, May 15, 1961, CCC, Paragraph #2258
4 Genesis 2:24 states: “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.” In Matthew 19:4-5, Jesus reaffirms this: “He answered, ‘Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one’?”
5 CCC, Paragraph #2357
6 Home and Family – the Building Block of Society by Deborah Butler, USCCB “Beliefs & Teachings, What We Believe, Call to Family Community and Participation”
7 Dominum Et Vivificantem, “On the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church and the World, St. John Paul’s 5th Encyclical (Para 56 emphasis added).
8 Catechism of the Catholic Church, Chapter 2, Article III, 1929