Why the effort to make gay marriage sacramental won't work [CNA]

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/images/size340/St_Marys_Church_Credit_Burkhard_Schmidt_via_Flickr_CC_BY_NC_SA_20_CNA_7_31_15.jpgWashington D.C., Aug 2, 2015 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Dissenting Catholic groups have called for gay marriage to be recognized as a sacrament, but Catholic theology has a clear priority: marriage is God’s creation – and not even the Church can change that.

Dr. John Grabowski, a professor of moral theology at Catholic University of America, said that the push for “sacramental equality” by groups such as Dignity USA shows “a lack of understanding of what the Church is and the nature of the Church and what the sacraments are.”

“‘Marriage equality’ made for a good slogan, but in the Church’s understanding, marriage is not something that can be ‘redefined’; if you will, by interest groups, by government, or even by the Church itself,” he told CNA July 29.

Dignity USA on July 5 announced support for “full access to marriage and ordination” in the Catholic Church. The group’s annual convention, held in Seattle, approved a resolution that said Catholic leaders should “ensure that all of the sacraments of our Church be administered regardless of the gender identity, sexual orientation, or relational status of the person(s) seeking the sacrament.”

The group already rejects Catholic teaching on the immorality of homosexual acts.

Marianne Duddy-Burke, Dignity USA’s executive director, claimed that LGBT people are “officially banned from marriage and ordination” and often denied other sacraments.

“We can’t be fully equal if we are barred from any of our Church’s sacraments,” she said. Her statement cited the U.S. Supreme Court’s recognition of civil same-sex marriage in June as a precedent for cultural change.

Grabowski said Dignity USA’s position was “unfortunate.” He said that marriage has been “created by God” and no one can reconfigure or redefine it.

The Catholic understanding of marriage draws from the Book of Genesis in which God creates man as male and female and commands them to “be fruitful and multiply,” he explained.

Marriage reflects God as “a communion of persons” and a “unity of love.” Marriage is how man and woman “participate in his great capacity to create new life in God’s image,” said Grabowski.

Jesus Christ teaches this understanding of marriage in the Gospel of Mark, when he cites Genesis. Grabowski said Catholic morality distinguishes between different forms of discrimination.

“Unjust discrimination is always morally evil, but not all distinction is discriminatory and unjust,” he said.

Elk Stanley, senior legal counsel with the legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, said that Catholic individuals and organizations can face can face lawsuits and other threats due to non-discrimination laws and ordinances regarding employment and places of public accommodation.

But he did not think Dignity USA’s position would pose a problem for the legal defense of Catholic groups or individuals that support Catholic teaching.

“It is difficult to predict what will sway judges, regulators, or legislators,” Stanley said. “Legislators and others have attempted to cite churches that have left the evangelical Protestant teaching on marriage as proof that churches are changing their ways. But this is probably less of a concern for the Catholic Church which has been clear for hundreds of years regarding its doctrine as it relates to marriage and human sexuality.”

“Absent a change from the leadership of the Catholic Church on these issues, the voice of one dissident group will not likely be attributed as Catholic church doctrine,” Stanley told CNA July 29.

Grabowski saw the move to change marriage in the Catholic Church as a consequence of the June 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision. However, he said it also reflects cultural trends dating back five or six decades. Contraception and no-fault divorce already represented a cultural definition of marriage.

Dignity USA’s endorsement of “sacramental equality” drew support from another dissenting Catholic group, New Ways Ministry, in a July 8 statement from its executive director Francis DeBernardo.

Both groups are part of the Equally Blessed Coalition. Their financial backers include the Arcus Foundation, which gave the coalition a $200,000 grant intended “to support pro-LGBT faith advocates to influence and counter the narrative of the Catholic Church and its ultra-conservative affiliates.” The advocacy efforts are connected with the Synod on the Family and World Youth Day, according to the grant listing on the foundation’s website.

The foundation has helped fund advocates of doctrinal and liturgical change within other religious denominations, including the Episcopal Church. The Arcus Foundation is also pursuing a strategy of combating religious freedom exemptions.

Its partners in worldwide LGBT activism include the U.S. State Department’s Global Equality Fund.

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Wow! Unbelievable. I wonder if Catholics who believe like this have totally lost their conscience. God help us all!

From the article:

“Both groups [Dignity USA and New Ways Ministry] are part of the Equally Blessed Coalition. Their financial backers include the Arcus Foundation, which gave the coalition a $200,000 grant intended “to support pro-LGBT faith advocates to influence and counter the narrative of the Catholic Church and its ultra-conservative affiliates.” The advocacy efforts are connected with the Synod on the Family and World Youth Day, according to the grant listing on the foundation’s website.”

Interesting. They wish to lobby the Synod on the Family as well as World Youth Day to promote doctrinal changes in the Church.

“We have a ‘normal’ heart!”
“Good As You!”
“Kids raised in same-sex households turn out to be equal, if not better, than kids in opposite-sex households.”

Can you say “Desperate much?” I sure can.

Some responses in the comment box by the same poster:

Jesus never issued an explicit command that marriage is between a man and a woman. Where are you getting this? His teaching was against easy divorce that harmed disenfranchised and disposable wives. Thus he argued for protections for the weak and marginalized minority.

Church history teaches us that change is eternal; the Church has changed and will continue to change.

And the Church had NOTHING to do with marriage for its first 1200 years, declaring that marriage was too worldly for the Church to be involved. Priests were actually prohibited from allowing marriages inside churches. So the Church’s view of marriage has changed 180 degrees. Now ONLY marriages inside the church are recognized as valid. Church history shows us that change is inevitable.

Yikes. This whole “love is love” mantra is turning to be so vacuous that it’s laugh worthy.

I agree!

Well, the whole issue of gay marriage is really just a way to attack the church and to attack the idea of family itself. Gay Catholics themselves aren’t even always in favor of gay marriage, so this is just another ruse. I have quite a few gay friends, and none of them are particularly enthusiastic about gay marriage, and the ones who are Catholic are completely outspoken about their opposition. It seems counterintuitive, until you reflect upon this on a more meta level. Some of the more intelligent and more perceptive activist leaders have point blank stated that they’re true goal is actually to eradicate marriage altogether, and it’s tragic, because the younger activists tend to be very gung ho without realizing what they’re actually working toward. And of course, in some parts of the world gay activists are actually being killed - they’re being conditioned and cast as soldiers on the front line of social change, and they’re being killed for it.

Catholics need to be far more empathic and compassionate toward people whose sexuality is at odds with the Church. The idea should be to warmly embrace these people and to welcome them into the Church as lovingly and non-judgementally as possible, thereby hoping that Church teaching eventually takes root. We aren’t at war with gay people themselves, we’re at war with the forces wielding them as pawns and soldiers.

He also never said anything specifically about terrorism or child pornography in the Bible. Question for them: Should we subsidize those things and have public parades celebrating such behavior and call those who disagree hateful bigots?

I have quite a few gay friends, and none of them are particularly enthusiastic about gay marriage, and the ones who are Catholic are completely outspoken about their opposition.

If one examines any blog, it’s mostly straights who are pushing this in the hysterical sense and leveling charges of bigotry, as if they were somehow “ordained” to do so. :rolleyes:

In my experience, talking to GLBTQ persons has been a much more civil experience.

:popcorn:

Lets view this from a natural law perspective.

Simply looking at the design of the human bodies proves that gay marriage cannot be sacramental.

Sorry, but any effort to call man+man or woman+woman to be sacramental is evil

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