[quote=fix]You may, but others may not. That is one reason why attending is wrong in most every case.
It may or may not be a scandal depending on several factors, but would the two people being “married” assume you were there to support such an immoral act or to offer correction and be a sign of contradiction to the culture?
Perhaps. Do such funeral rites imply the same thing publicly as a “gay” marriage? A funeral service is not equivalent to a fake marriage. If the same priest attended the relative’s “gay” wedding would that be reasonable?
So, only a simpleton would assume a priest going to a “gay” wedding endorsed the ceremony?
What would it mean? You like the pastries?
That has nothing to do with validating an immoral act.
The “rightness” of your arguments depend on the results of assumptions based on incomplete and erroneous assumptions. Personally, I don’t confine my actions in the performance of my Christian duty solely out of concern that people may make the wrong assumption. I know and grasp that people may reach erroneous conclusions and that can have adverse impact. Concurrently, when I embark on actions whereby erroneous conclusions might reached, I know I have an extra-ordinary responsibility to look for opportunities to mitigate their occurrence.
But I want to stress two points.
- A funeral service grounded in the Masonic rite and a gay wedding are equally farcical to a Catholic. If one were to assume that the Priest attending a gay wedding or a masonic funeral rite of a relative were endorsing either “rite” solely on the basis of attendance (or thinking they were their for the food), they would be making a simpleton assumption. Prior to inferring a grievous act or motive, one is called to examine if there is a non-grievoous alternative. In both cases, one doesn’t have to be a genious to find an alternative motive the most likely by a significantly wide margin.
Making the above assumption of endorsement in such a such situation is to me as offensive as when people think that the Priest who is good with the young of the parish is a pedophile. In fact, when one makes assumptions based on incomplete information (especially without taking any action to supplement the information), one is exposing themselves greatly to the near occurrence of sin as they are one small step from verbalizing their erroneous conclusion which is bearing false witness- a grave matter.
- Any person who ministers to people living in sin has to expose themselves to the occurence of sin and in some cases exposing themself to the near occassion of sin. I know of non-drinking alcoholics who regularly go to bars to pick up their fallen breathren. Such exposure to something as potentially grievous to them is meritorious and not something to be criticized.