Marriage Issues

Front and Center

With all the talk about marriage, it is interesting how the public perception is terribly skewed to the secular and relativistic presentation. For the record, yes, I am staunchly committed to defending Marriage as a sacrament that can only exist between one man and one woman. By making this statement publicly, the ad hominem attacks begin. Rather than open a dialogue and respond to the position taken, including the scholarship that supports it, attacks on the person are the norm. But even after the attacks on the person, the basis for the position remain. For once, can we stop focussing on the credibility of the individual and address what the individual is actually saying?

Since the beginning of time, God is the One Who made Marriage what it is. The Meaning of Marriage, that is, what Marriage IS, has to be understood before any discussion to change how marriage is lived out in the world. In our relativistic culture in which Prometheus has become the god of choice, many today do not want to have an honest discussion about Marriage or even attempt to understand what it is. Instead, they would simply prefer to defy THE God. The reality that is Marriage and being defended by the Church is much greater than the current debates on same-sex marriage. And, from what I can tell, no one seems to be willing to talk about the whole reality.

As the public debates continue to unfold, it is distressing how many Catholics support the legal changes being proposed. Sadly, those same Catholics who support same-sex marriage (or any of the other attacks on Marriage) are unable to elucidate the Church’s Teaching in this area. The Church is not opposing an aspect of equality or rights but is defending a primordial reality established by God. As such, what IS Marriage cannot be changed by Man willing it.

If you have not read it, here is why I am staunchly committed to defending Marriage -- The Meaning of Marriage and the Contemporary Problem.