11 May 2012

The Unfortunate Campaign for Gay Marriage


The recent vote to ban gay marriage in North Carolina has certainly stirred up much controversy. On one hand we have the liberals who are in favor of gay marriage, and on the other we have Christians who oppose it. There are some in the middle. There are even some calling themselves Christians who believe it is not banned in the Bible and like to spout various Bible verses  about not judging others, taken completely out of context, to back up their position. That any of the several American States have allowed gay marriage is sheer and utter madness. It is an affront to the sanctity of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, a sacrament instituted by Christ. Its valid matter is one man and one woman. To be a valid marriage, the man and woman must be canonically free to marry. That is a valid marriage.

Now, some argue that there are other marriages, such as those done by the justice of the peace. Even atheists marry. This is true. At least, however, when those marriages are between one man and one woman who are free to marry, they possess the valid matter. To allow marriages between two persons of the same sex, however, makes a mockery of the sanctity of marriage just as much as the celebration of a so-called mass with Coke and cookies instead of wine and unleavened bread.

Some claim that this is really about legal rights. If so, then why not allow each person to designate one person, whether a spouse or someone else, to have those legal rights being discussed right now? If this is really about legal rights, then that would solve the problem nicely. Somehow, though, I doubt this would satisfy the gay marriage lobby. Such plans exist already in many localized instances, yet the gay marriage front marches forward. Their real intent appears to be to destroy the sanctity of marriage. 

The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony is the exclusive domain of the Holy Church. The government has no business interfering or determining who is free to marry. The government ought to stop usurping this authority of the Church. If it did, then votes like those in North Carolina would not be an issue because they would not be necessary. However, when the government undertakes to legislate morality and the sacraments of the Church, the Church has a right and a duty to oppose it, for the government is using its power to impose a certain societal morality on all of society. The government in this case is slapping the Church in the face. It is offending the very sacrament of marriage and all those people who are in sacramental marriages. 

If the government stayed out of it, and marriages were governed by the Church, the true sovereign in this matter, then there should be no argument over gay marriage. The Church has spoken. The theology is both clear and sound. The doctrine and canon law are set and beyond review by the government. If certain heretical sects wish to indulge in the obscene practice of simulating the sacrament of marriage through "marrying" two persons of the opposite sex, then they would still be free to do so under civil law. In that case, though, it would not be imposed as acceptable or normal on all of society. 

Gay marriage, just like co-habitation and other pseudo-marriages, is an affront to the sanctity and the dignity of the sacrament of marriage. Every time a gay couple "gets married," it is a slap in the face to all those who believe in the sanctity of marriage. There is righteous outrage by the faithful at gay marriage. For the government to normalize gay marriage is sheer madness. For the government to continue to impose its will on marriage, usurping the authority of the Church and individual freedom, is complete insanity.

+ Rutherford Cardinal Johnson