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Archbishop Cordileone defends marriage, and quite well April 30, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, persecution, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, Tradition, Virtue.

This from USAToday.  Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, a friend of the Traditional Latin Mass, offers a very strong defense of marriage. Some excerpts:

To legalize marriage between two people of the same sex would enshrine in the law the principle that mothers and fathers are interchangeable or irrelevant, and that marriage is essentially an institution about adults, not children; marriage would mean nothing more than giving adults recognition and benefits in their most significant relationship……

If the Supreme Court overturns Prop 8, this will not go down in history as the Loving v. Virginia but as the Roe v. Wade decision of our generation….. [I couldn’t agree more!  And I am increasingly certain the Supreme Court will Roe us on this matter]

…..No matter what the Supreme Court rules, this debate is not over.  Marriage is too important and the issues raised by treating same-gender unions as marriages are too fundamental to just go away.  Just as Roe v. Wade did not end the conversation about abortion, so a ruling that tries to import same-sex marriage into our Constitution is not going to end the marriage debate, but intensify it. 

We will have a bitterly polarized country divided on the marriage issue for years if not generations to come….. [Yep, and the slowly shrinking Christian minority will be increasingly viciously persecuted primarily on the basis of their oppostion to the state giving marriage-like recognition to rank immorality]

…….But the larger picture that’s becoming increasingly clear is that this is not just a debate about what two people do in their private life, it’s a debate about a new public norm: Either you support redefining marriage to include two people of the same sex or you stand accused by law and culture of bigotry and discrimination.

If you want to know what this new public legal and social norm stigmatizing traditional believers will mean for real people, ask David and Tanya Parker, who objected to their kindergarten son being taught about same sex marriage after the Massachusetts Supreme Court legalized it in that state and wanted to pull him out of class for that lesson. He was arrested and handcuffed for trying to protect his son’s education, and they were told they had no right to do so………

…….Treating same-sex relationships as marriage is the final severing by government of the natural link between marriage and the great task of bringing together male and female to make and raise the next generation together in love……..

And the best one:

…….there are really two different ideas of marriage being debated in our society right now, and they cannot coexist: Marriage is either a conjugal union of a man and a woman designed to unite husband and wife to each other and to any children who may come from their union, or it is a relationship for the mutual benefit of adults which the state recognizes and to which it grants certain benefits.  Whoever is for one, is opposed to the other. [This is really key.  What we are seeing is a society that is increasingly narcissistic, to a degree that puts the pagans of Roman times to shame. Marriage is about ME. It’s what I want it to be!  We see more and more people turning other people into little utilitarian tools for themselves. This all stems from the cultural rejection of Christianity, which in terms stems from all the errors that have come to represent “Christianity” in the cultural mindset. The whole protestant, rationalist notion of “liberty” is at the root of all of this.]

Those of us who favor preserving the traditional understanding of marriage do not do so because we want people who experience attraction to their same sex to suffer.  We recognize and respect the equal human dignity of everyone.  Everyone should be treated equally, but it is not discrimination to treat differently things that are different.  Marriage really is unique for a reason.

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I might briefly add, not only do we not want those with same sex attraction to suffer, but we might take our own experiences with being fallen and then, by the Grace of God, finding a path towards true fulfilment and happiness, to counsel others how to amend their lives. Because that is the point. The point is to save souls (which Cordileone, to his credit, makes in an unquoted part of the text). The point is to bring people to the Light of Christ. But we are so fallen, many of us spend many years not wanting to hear the Truth.  We run from it. We even hate it, and those who proclaim it. But it remains.  And in the end, we will all confront that Truth.  It is infinitely better to confront that Truth now, in this life, than to experience the shock of confronting it unprepared in the next.


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Bishop-elect Barber should be a good fit to be not far away from Archbishop Cordileone. I also liked the fact that Bishop-elect Barber has served as a Navy Reserve Chaplain, and was called to active duty during Afghanistan in 2003, where he ministered to many United States Marines.

IMHO, this looks like another good decision by Pope Francis I. Texas is due for three new bishops this year (Fort Worth, El Paso, and San Angelo), so let’s keep praying. I’m still praying for the still vacant see of Rochester (NY) and a co-adjutor for Albany (NY). Rochester and Albany desperately need someone with a mind like Archbishop Cordileone, Bishop Vasa, or Bishop Morlino.

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