Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Marriage Unique for a Reason

USCCB has this insert on Marriage, and while I understand it seems difficult to state what is the unpopular, undervalued, and falsely labeled as hatred by strong financial interests. The truth matters to be stated clearly with charity. Here is more info.

Everyone has inviolable dignity and deserves love and respect. There are many ways to protect the basic human rights of all, but redefining marriage serves no one’s rights, least of all those of children.

What is marriage? Marriage is the permanent and exclusive union of one man and one woman, for the good of the spouses and for the procreation and education of children. One man, one woman—for life. (See Second Vatican Council, Gaudium et Spes, no. 48).

The difference is the difference. Men and women matter. They are equal but different. Sexual difference is essential to marriage.

Mothers and fathers matter. They aren’t interchangeable. Every child has a basic, natural right to come from and be raised in the loving marital union of his or her own father and mother.

Protecting marriage matters to everyone. It’s Catholic social teaching 101: pro-woman, pro-man, pro-child. Redefining marriage in the law says many false things: women – mothers – are dispensable; men – fathers – are dispensable; what adults want trumps what a child deserves and has a basic right to.

I made a few comments this week over at Professor Althouse.

"How can someone protest something, that logically seems pretty reasonable. Heterosexual behavior creates life, we want a man and a woman to be responsible to raising their children as husband and wife.

Why is secular culture fighting, not just against the Church, but this concept as whole? The majority of Americans at this point I assume think marriage is obsolete, in terms of culture and public policy.

"It doesn't mean I would disrespect a relationship between two people of the same sex, but at most their relationship is on based love of companionship. There is no sexual unity. Anal and oral sex do not represent sexual unity, in heterosexual couples as well. The Sacrament of Marriage is not a 'Best Friends Forever' ceremony.

Secular culture pushes away from the the understanding we're men and women. In a spiritual and biological sense uniquely different and both as gifts. Today when we speak of gender equality, it usually means making sexuality androgynous and making gender void. As many acknowledge, gay marriage is a result, not the cause of this thinking."

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