VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican, reacting to strong gains for gay marriage in the United States and Europe, on Saturday pledged never to stop fighting attempts to “erase” the privileged role of heterosexual marriage, which it called it “an achievement of civilization”.
No. Modern medicine, atomic power, and the advancements of secular moral philosophy are “achievements of civilization”. I hardly consider the definition of marriage to carry any weight when it comes from the same book that demands a woman enter this most sacred union with her rapist, or that the husband is allowed to stone his wife if she finds out she’s not a virgin on their wedding night.
[Father Frederico] Lombardi’s editorial on Vatican Radio, which is broadcast around the world in some 30 languages, called the votes myopic, saying “the logic of it cannot have a far-sighted outlook for the common good”.
Lombardi, who is also the Vatican’s chief spokesman as well as director of Vatican Radio and Vatican Television, said there was “public acknowledgement” that “monogamous marriage between a man and woman is an achievement of civilization”.
You really don’t want to appeal to popular opinion here, since about 2/3 of the world’s population doesn’t think Christianity has it right.
The Catholic Church teaches that homosexuality is not a sin but homosexual acts are. It says the rights of homosexuals should be guaranteed but that their unions should not be recognized as equal to heterosexuals and they should not be allowed to adopt children.
“Love the sinner, hate the sin” just doesn’t work, since in the end you’re still discriminating against people who present absolutely no threat to themselves, other adults, or the children they adopt. There is no evidence to date that shows that adoption by same sex couples have any negative effect on anyone other than some conservative religious pearl clutchers who are convinced that this is yet another sign of the coming apocalypse.
Earlier this week, Spain’s highest court upheld a gay marriage law, and in France the socialist government has unveiled a draft law that would allow gay marriage.
The Catholic Church is afraid. I suppose it should be; after all, Spain and France are moving away from its influence and Scandinavia has been out of the fold for a while now. Most of Western Europe has been embracing secularism while the Catholic Church’s response is to dig in its heels, close its eyes, and demand that everyone remain in the 15th century along with them.