Sunday, 21 April 2013

Some good old common sense about same-sex marriage

Sometimes a brave person says it like it is - no "sophisticated" arguments but just an appeal to common sense and, well, the way things are.  Archbishop Cordileone, Archishop of San Francisco, has done just that about same-sex marriage and issued a few matter-of-fact words of encouragement to its opposers as well.  Taken from "The Catholic Illustrated" produced by the marvellous monks on Papa Stronsay - I hope they don't mind!

 "Truth is clear.  Wanting children to be connected to a mother and father discriminates against no one.  Every child has a father and a mother, and either you support the only institution that connects a child with their father and mother or you don't.  Adoption, by a mother and father, mirrors the natural union of a mother and father and provides a balanced, happy alternative for when a child may not be reared by their biological parents... If you use theology, you will play into their hands and they will say you use religion to control people.  Marriage isn't primarily in theology; marriage is in nature.  Theology builds on the natural institution, giving us a deeper mystical and supernatural sense of its meaning... Fighting for marriage is our way of loving God, and the struggle is the particular gift that God has given our generation.  This is our particular trial, and by overcoming it we may achieve spiritual greatness.  It will entail suffering if we are to oppose gay marriage, something which poses such destruction to the understanding of natural marriage, which is a child-oriented institution... Legislating for the right for people of the same sex to marry is like legalising male breastfeeding... All our detractors can do is call us names... Big deal if they shout at us or throw insults!" (From "Catholic Herald")

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