There are some days when I appreciate the moral certainty derived from the Magesterium and scripture as opposed to moral relativism.
My ecclesiastical superior (non Catholic) and I were dialoguing about the issue of homosexuality and blessing of same sex marriages. My opinion was that I support some sort of civil recognition in order to protect the rights of those couples (pensions, inheritance, right to property in a seperation, next of kin rights and so on). Those relationships are their right in a free society and I respect that and have nothing against them. However, marriage is a unique, beautiful and sacred blessing founded by God for a man and a woman. The church is held to a higher standard than secular society and we should live that out with love and respect. I could not bless a same sex union.
He replied that he tries to take a middle ground and feels there is some deep & insidious part of humanity that comes out in attempts to subjugate, demoralize, and defeat
others. He ends by thanking me for the dialogue and saying that he just checks his clothes when he leaves in the morning to make sure he has not mixed any fabrics for fear of stoning (ie he referred to Levitical laws and compared non approval of blessing homosexual marriages to antiquated Jewish laws).
I don’t think there is much debate over this issue in the RCC. I am not in any way implying that we should violate someone’s rights, treat them badly, etc. In fact I believe in their inherent dignity and need for societal protection in certain areas. I have good relationships with gay people BUT that is different than endorsing something through a sacrament that I feel that God has called upon us for a different response to. Neither would I endorse siblings marrying one another, or an adult mother and son, polygamous relationships and so on whether between consenting adults in mutually respectful relationships (without chance of procreation in the case of close relatives). God has called us to higher standards.
Any way, I think I stepped in it but felt I needed to speak my conscience respectfully regardless of consequences. :shrug: