Our Fifth Credo

We believe… in the sanctity of human life, marriage and sexual morality, and religious freedom and the rights of conscience.

In 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges held that the 14th Amendment require a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex if their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed.

In recent news headlines, the position of the Catholic Church has been bandied about like a volleyball match. Because The Stewardship Foundation holds the position that marriage between a man and a woman to be the most basic institution in society, we thought we’d clarify our position in light of recent news headlines.

Our Fifth Credo

As reported in the National Catholic Reporter, more than a dozen U.S. Catholic leaders and organizations kicked off Pride month with “blessing services” in clear support of the LGBTQ community. 

In 2016, now President Joe Biden, a Catholic, officiated at the same-sex wedding of two White House staffers, reportedly “going out of his way” to act with contempt for infallible Church teaching in light of Roe v. Wade.

Moral liberalism holds that we have a right to do anything not harmful to others. Was Joe Biden acting morally? Does this action imply giving same sex couples the right to marry? 

Pope Francis, or we should say the 2020 movie “Francesco” was not helpful when Francis was portrayed as ignoring the teachings of his predecessor St. John Paul II who said “respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual unions.” 

But in reality, Pope Francis was speaking about the right of homosexuals not to be rejected by their own families. He said nothing about homosexuals creating new families of their own through adoption or surrogates.

Catholic doctrine, reflecting natural law, clearly states that homosexual persons should refrain from same-sex activity and relationships that lead to mortal sin.

After so much hoopla in the press, a year later in 2021, Pope Francis approved a message from the Vatican that “the Roman Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex marriages, no matter how stable or positive the couples’ relationships are. To clarify, the Church calls on Catholics to “welcome with respect and sensitivity persons with homosexual inclinations” and does allow giving blessings to homosexual people, but “does not have, and cannot have,” the power to bless same-sex relationships.

The Vatican emphasizes that “God does not and cannot bless sin.”

Only time will tell whether Catholics, having heard conflicting messages, understand and accept Church teaching. In the meantime, we will continue to bless and pray for our brethren with same-sex inclinations and stand firm that marriage is a sacramental union between one man and one woman.

Looking Back on the Journey

It was May of 2012 when we began to use our blog to muse about why the Stewardship Foundation was founded, what we believe in, and it should matter to our investors and friends.

In 2009, some Christians gathered in New York City and drafted a declaration that became a “call of Christian Conscience” and we responded by mirroring their stated moral principles:

  • Sanctity of human life
  • Dignity of marriage as a union between husband and wife
  • Freedom of conscience and religion

With this as a basis, we wrote our Credo of Beliefs:

We believe… in transformational giving.

We believe… that giving is a collaborative act between the donor, the charity, and their God.

We believe… that transformational giving is not about the bottom line, but about the heart.

We believe… that transformational giving creates partnerships that impact entire communities.

We believe… in the sanctity of human life, marriage and sexual morality, and religious freedom and the rights of conscience.

We believe… that it is our responsibility to care for the poor, the sick and the disadvantaged, and to use our talents for the betterment of mankind through education, opportunity and freedom.

In 2021, we stand firm to this Credo. No news story headline, political debate, popular media, or “woke conscience” can deter us from these beliefs because they are founded in Scripture. 

To read the original text, use either the Internet’s “wayback machine” (sites such as the Manhattan Declaration may be removed at any time), or the original archive here.

If you feel strongly, as we do, and you haven’t signed the Declaration yet, you can still sign it here.

This journey of financial stewardship involves a process of understanding, acknowledging, accepting, and acting with awareness and intent. We are grateful to have the opportunity to partner with you on this journey.

Abortion is Morally Bad

In February 2019, the Knights of Columbus, a worldwide fraternal benefit society founded in 1882, conducted what they named, The Marist Poll. The survey polled 1,008 adults in the U.S. randomly selected from a list of telephone exchanges from throughout the nation in proportion to its population. In other words, the poll was not conducted to include or exclude any race, religion, income, political leaning, age, gender, or geographical element. The results were statically significant within + or – 3.5%—as are all properly conducted surveys.

On the issues of abortion, do you consider yourself pro-life or pro-choice?

Pro-life 47%
Pro-choice 47%
Unsure 6%

The same question in October 2008 returned 44% pro-life and 50% pro-choice — a statistical uptick of 6% for pro-life. Unsure in 2008 was the same, 6%.

On the question “Do you think abortion should generally be legal or generally illegal during the last three months of pregnancy, the overwhelming majority (between 85% to 57%) said no, it should not be legal. And interestingly, the percentage was the same for men and for women (71% said illegal) — a sharp rise from January 2019 when only 38% said illegal.

Of course, this is only one poll and considering how well pollsters do determining election outcomes, we will need to wait for future polls to collaborate the results.

The Stewardship Foundation takes a stand to respect all life, unconditionally, and will never sway from our conviction. We believe that induced abortion is not healthcare but murder.

We believe that a fetus is not a possibility, it is a person, not fully formed, but with all it needs to become that way — and it has a soul. An unwanted pregnancy is unwanted by the birth mother, but it is wanted by another couple who has not been able to become pregnant.

At the Stewardship Foundation, we believe in the sanctity of human life, marriage and sexual morality, and religious freedom and the rights of conscience. If you agree, we’d love to hear from you. If you have a friend or colleague who you think might want to speak with us, please pass this along.