Saturday, November 1, 2014

Will the Catholic Church ever support gay marriage?

Remember a few weeks ago when Pope Francis spoke before an assembly of Bishops, saying that the church must take a more accepting approach toward gays, unmarried mothers, and unmarried couples. Journalists were so excited they could hardly contain themselves.

Yet when Bishops failed to approve even a watered down version of it, this wasn't even reported.  Also not reported were the words of Pope Francis at the International Miriam Conference, where, as reported by CNA:...
He warned against the common view in society that “you can call everything family, right?”
“What is being proposed is not marriage, it’s an association. But it’s not marriage! It’s necessary to say these things very clearly and we have to say it!” Pope Francis stressed.
He lamented that there are so many “new forms” of unions which are “totally destructive and limiting the greatness of the love of marriage.”
Not a word was mentioned about this. And I don't care whether you are in favor of gay marriage (as I am) or opposed to it.  I think this is simply bad journalism.

On the other hand, will the Catholic Church ever accept gay marriage?  Personally, I think the first step is for the Church to decide to accept gay people as equally deserving of its blessings.  I think if there is any group deserving of respect it's gay Catholics who are living in hiding.  And there is evidence this is already occurring.

I think it would be a dangerous slippery slope for the Catholic Church to cave on the issue of marriage, particularly considering it is one based on principle, and one must never back down on principle.  Besides, if the Catholic Church caves on this issue, then the government will find some twisted and perverted way of forcing Catholic priests who don't accept gay marriage to perform marriages between same sex couples.

Sorry media, but your excitement might have just been a little premature.  Regardless, your giddiness is evidence of your bias.  Instead of pushing forth your agenda, you might best serve the people by doing your job as watchdogs for the American public.

(11/8/14) Update:  Pope Francis participates in significant meeting in Rome to determine what to do about the increased acceptance of gay marriage, and it appears as though he is closer to deciding to accept both gay marriage.  Many U.S. Bishops are outraged.