Did Christianity Give Us Gay Marriage?

March 17, 2014 | 34 comments

Columnist Damon Linker recently wrote a piece for The Week titled, “How Christianity Gave Us Gay Marriage.” Its thesis is partially borrowed from Alexis de Tocqueville’s 1835 book, Democracy in America, in which the French political thinker and author documented the dying aristocratic order and an emerging democracy.

According to Linker, “The ultimate source of the democratic revolution—the motor behind its inexorable unfolding—is the figure of Jesus Christ, who taught the equal dignity of all persons, and declared in the Sermon on the Mount that the last shall be first and the first shall be last, and that the meek shall inherit the earth.”

No serious student of Christianity suggests that Jesus endorsed anything other than marriage between a man and a woman (Linker admits this), but as he suggests, it is this underlying philosophy of equality that has brought us to the supposedly inevitable redefinition of an institution.

Linker continues his article by pointing to Tocqueville as an alternative interpretation of Chrsitianity's role in the creation of a revolutionary ideal of human equality. "For Tocqueville," he writes, "the march of equality was upending age-old institutions and moral habits 'in all the Christian world.'"

It’s true that Tocqueville put a high price on liberty and equality, but, like Jesus, he had his limits. In his book, Tocqueville describes the progress of Roman Catholicism in America. He argues that men in democratic societies are “prone to shake off religious authority,” but when they do agree to submit, it should be “single and uniform.” As men in these societies attempt to exempt themselves from some of the doctrines of their faith, they will eventually divide into only two parts, “some relinquishing Christianity entirely and others returning to the Church of Rome” (Book 1, Ch. 6).

Progress can be a good thing, but it can also go too far. Jesus was certainly no advocate of an “anything goes” social order. Regardless of what you may think of Tocqueville’s conclusion, it is worth noting that even he saw a point in which a line in the sand would be drawn.  

Many proponents of same-sex marriage frown at the idea of redefining marriage to include, for example, polyamorous relationships.  They too draw lines in the sand; they just draw them in different places (and then accuse Christians who don't share their views of being “hateful”).

I’ll admit, when I first read Linker’s article, I thought of it as a back-handed compliment, but after some thought, I think he’s just plain wrong.

This idea of same-sex marriage does not naturally flow from the sort of equality that Jesus taught in his Sermon on the Mount. What Jesus proclaimed was the idea that all human beings are to be treated with dignity, and he was steadfast in his renunciation of sin.

The Catholic Church maintains that homosexuals must be “accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity” and that “every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided” (CCC 2358) The key word is “unjust.” Just discrimination happens. For example, many of us are not eligible for college grants intended for specific ethnicities, but almost no one cries foul over this. In the Catholic worldview, marriage has a specific purpose. This worldview is neither hateful nor unjust.  

Near the end of his article, Linker throws a bone to those of us who favor traditional marriage:

By all means, let's ensure that the religious rights of these opponents are protected. But let's also hope that they will eventually follow Tocqueville's example in recognizing that a major reason why equality always wins is that the new order is always more just than what preceded it. This is why Tocqueville counseled resignation and acceptance rather than a reactionary response—because, he concluded, trying to "stop democracy...[is] to struggle against God himself."

I can think of several new orders that weren't more just than those that preceded them (Nazi Germany, anyone?), and I seriously doubt that Tocqueville, when he penned those words, ever imagined that the American democracy would eventually attempt to redefine the institution of marriage.

Linker misuses both Tocqueville and Jesus to make his point. Same-sex marriage is not the product of progressive equality that began with Christ. It’s a distortion of an institution spurred on by a large segment of society that has relegated God to the fringes.

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Comments by Catholic.com Members

#1  Claire Tabera - Huntington Beach, California

“As men in these societies attempt to exempt themselves from some of the doctrines of their faith, they will eventually divide into only two parts, ‘some relinquishing Christianity entirely and others returning to the Church of Rome’”

I tend to agree. Things will get more polarized in the coming years. This is what I am writing about in my novel.

March 17, 2014 at 5:13 pm PST
#2  Bret Powell - Eldon, Missouri

Jon, like many others today I often ponder these matters relating to the Church and same sex unions. As a matter of fact, I tend to agree that Christianity has given way to same sex unions, or perhaps empowered the arguments used to justify them. However, not because of the advancement of equality. We have given leverage to gay marriage advocates through the dilution of true marriage and it's true purpose. I want so badly to point my finger at the Anglican community for its historic run ins with Christian marriage and it's initial acceptance of contraception which has now became commonplace throughout the Catholic Church even. I know it's unfair to make such simple assertions but we are handing down a type of marriage that demonstrates little temperance, requires little commitment, and is founded on feelings of love rather than the gift of life!

To get down to the nitty gritty, the acceptance of common unions between opposite sex partners as being more valid solely on the grounds that they are not "homosexual", and thereby more natural, is contributing to the problem. Keep life not "love" at the foundation of marriage. I know my Saying that may raise some eyebrows, but that is my humble opinion/understanding of Marriage.

March 17, 2014 at 6:33 pm PST
#3  Stacy Fields - colorado springs, Colorado

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March 17, 2014 at 8:08 pm PST
#4  Greg Herwaldt - South Elgin, Illinois

Homosexuality goes all the way back to the Old Testament in the book of Genesis chapter 19 It was about Sodom and Gomorrah. This is about sin and to A HOLY God all Sin is dirty he turns away from us until we confess and get Right with Him. JESUS taught to Hate the Sin ( But To LOVE the Sinner) When the Woman was dragged to Jesus in the book of John Chapter 8 Read 8:1-11 Verse 11 Is very important It says No one Sir she said, Then Jesus SAYS Then neither do I Condemn you, Jesus Declared. Go now and leave your Life of Sin !!!!!!! Homosexuality is not something the Church started and no Church is responsible for IT'S explosive times we are in. The fact is we live in times where it's normal Just as much as Divorce is now days and there are many people where it doesn't even faze them. IT is the times we live in why it's moving so quickly I THINK has to do with media and the information at our hands so quickly. The bottom line is that to a HOLY God Sin is Sin no matter what age or Time we Live In and the Great thing is God is waiting for us to Come TO Him. JESUS CHRIST REASON FOR COMING HERE WAS TO SAVE US FROM OUR SINS THAT'S WHY HE DIED IN THE WAY HE DID (He Waiting for Us to Confess And Believe and except Him as Savior and Lord ) He wants us to Leave our Life of Sin What are you waiting For !!!!!!!!

March 18, 2014 at 11:26 am PST
#5  Will Moravits - New Braunfels, Texas

I studied Tocqueville extensively in grad school. There is a vital point being missed in this argument. Yes, Tocqueville claimed no religion was friendlier to democracy than Christianity. However, he warned that Americans obsession with equality could lead to what is referred to as a soft despotism, or soft tyranny where the government would control all aspects of life. He stated that there were 5 opposing forces to this descent into despotism, one of which as the religiosity of Americans. The author doesn't understand Tocqueville nearly as much as he thinks.

March 18, 2014 at 1:26 pm PST
#6  Christopher Travis - Huntsville, Alabama

Greg, of course Christ wants us not to sin, but there are a legion of homosexuals who have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. According to the once saved always saved crowd what difference would it make if a man wanted to lie with another man and be overcome by an abominable lust? According to them there are no consequences for sin from that moment on. These homosexuals do not see what they are doing as a sin. There are even many protestant ministers who promote it and officiate homosexual weddings. Like birth control, one after another are following suite because they do not want to hurt feelings or go against the latest culture and fads. The world is getting scary, and the Catholic Church will be heavely persecuted in near times for going against the grain. I certainly hope you will stand with us against the moral corruption that is tainting our society and threatening our children and grandchildren. God bless you and your love for Christ is noted.

March 18, 2014 at 8:49 pm PST
#7  mary martinez - west sacramento, California

What's sad about all this is the fact that gay unions are just as flimsy as hetero unions nowadays in that divorce is just as common. Here gays were demanding the state of Mass. to allow gay marriage and sure enough not a year passed and already those couples were filing for divorce! I shook my head and thought, "well I guess in one regard, they mirrored traditional marriage-they run to the divorce lawyers just as fast." When the valid institution of marriage is defiled and laid waste by the scourges of adultery, contraception and divorce we heteros have no right to get angry at a group of people for making a mockery of something WE should have respected and protected to begin with.

No one who claims to be a good holy catholic would ever defile the holy eucharist during the mass but would think nothing of contracepting (a gross abuse of marital sexuality and by extension an assault against the sacramental marriage), IVF and contracepting (because it is supposedly a RIGHT to get/not have children by whatever means and not a holy calling to the vocation of parenthood that should be chosen for us by the lord within the marital act), letting extended family and friends become too involved in our marriages instead of doing what the bible commanded, "to leave father and mother and become one flesh with our spouse." Instead we allow others to judge the state and value of our marriages and pressure us to meet their demands and ideals instead of letting god be the guiding force in our lives. And one of the biggest blows to marriage longevity is no-fault divorce. There was a time when couples weren't able to just get a divorce for any old reason. Irreconcilable differences were often times not considered good enough validation to warrant the destruction of a marriage-especially when kids were involved. Society drew a line in the sand and demanded justification for ripping apart the social fabric. Now we are victims of relativism, permissiveness, and the redefinition of what constitutes a family. Everyone co-habs before marriage, most couples have kids and marriage is reduced down to "some piece of paper that insecure people have to have to prove there is love in the relationship". Funny how a long time ago that piece of paper was everything and getting married was the beginning of your life not some old fashioned ritual that "spoils the magic" of playing house. And I didn't even get into re-marrying without annulments, blending families like we think we're the cast of the brady bunch-but that would be a novel in itself.

So really, when you look at it we god fearing catholic heteros only have ourselves to blame. We can't complain that marriage is being hijacked and distorted and reduced to a fad or used as a form of protest-like civil rights theatre, when we discard it like the mcdonalds wrappers on the floorboards of our cars.

Bless you all, Mary

March 18, 2014 at 10:06 pm PST
#8  Blake Ladwig - Elkhorn, Nebraska

An atheist's answer, for I am one exists here. No, Christianity didn't create gay marriage. People were gay before Christianity was even around and marriage was created before Christianity was around. So, no it is a natural aspect of nature to create homosexual animals, for their are gays in every mammal species on the planet, and an ideology can't create a natural thing that takes place. If you don't think homosexuality is natural, simply put, your wrong because dozens of scientific peer reviewed tests have showed this to be the case without much question.

If you got questions for an atheist just send me an e-mail at:
[email protected]
I will gladly answer any questions.

March 18, 2014 at 11:30 pm PST
#9  Christopher Travis - Huntsville, Alabama

Blake, there may be animal homosexuality, but it is rare amongst most animals. The difference is that an animal has no conscience but acts on its instinct to procreate. A human on the other hand acts upon lust knowing full well it will not produce offspring. And I am a firm believer a human is far above any animal when it comes to intellect and making decisions. If we were comparing apples to apples you would have a case to make, but we are not, and no animal even comes close to our human nature. After all, have you ever seen any animals have a debate and come to a logical conclussion? Does any animal know its behavior might wreck its physical, emotional, or spiritual well being? They simply don't have a clue!

March 19, 2014 at 5:28 am PST
#10  Peter Laffin - Boulder, Colorado


I think Chris's point is that homosexuality is widely considered by the scientific community to be a genetic predisposition, and really, anyone who has known and taken the time to know and love a gay person (my brother being one), knows that he couldn't not be gay; that he's been this way his whole life and could never be attracted to a woman. As Catholics, we must love them with even more zeal, for they need our support and God's grace abundantly. Gay people are gay biologically (and this is the truth--I have little tolerance for the horrendously ignorant idea that all, or even a modest sample gay people were programmed by culture to be gay).

March 19, 2014 at 11:59 am PST
#11  Christopher Travis - Huntsville, Alabama

Peter, I can sense how you feel because I have a family member who is gay too. That doesn't mean that he is not loved, but I will never say his homosexual behavior is genetic and not a sin. You are basicly saying God made a mistake when He designed us. God made a man and then a woman to be his partner, not two men. Our faith teaches us homosexuaity is a sin. I hate to be graphic but I believe in telling like it is...a man and woman compliment each other and fit, two women do not and a man on man totally does not work and the sex act between two of the same sex can never be holy. It is a lust, nothing more and nothing less. It is human nature to have lusts and temptations but it takes a very strong will and grace from God to overcome them.

March 19, 2014 at 8:02 pm PST
#12  Christopher Travis - Huntsville, Alabama

By the way, I wouldn't ever call the Magesterium of our faith ignorant. They are the sucessors to the Apostles and are guided by the Holy Spirit. There would not be one teaching of our faith that would stand if the truth was determined by the laymen.

March 19, 2014 at 8:12 pm PST
#13  Christopher Travis - Huntsville, Alabama

Peter, do you disagree with what God said in Romans 1:24-32?

March 19, 2014 at 8:26 pm PST
#14  Peter Laffin - Boulder, Colorado


I would never say God made a mistake, but did he not make each of us with deficiency? God made my other brother an alcoholic, and yet, our Church makes very few headlines in regard to this sin, while our church makes many headlines regarding homosexuality. It's very easy to rebuke homosexuality in our preachings as a church (and this is why I adore our holy father so much) while it is much more difficult for us to raise a stink about other sins. Why is my brother singled out so ruthlessly while other types of sinners don't get equal press?

March 19, 2014 at 11:36 pm PST
#15  Peter Laffin - Boulder, Colorado

Taking the lead from Blessed Pope Francis, why is this sin so wildly emphasized while other sins as deadly ignored (pornography, unfaithfulness, despair)? It seems, as our Holy Father suggested, that some of us--the loudest of us--so obsessed with this sin, while other equal sins don't get nearly the press?

March 19, 2014 at 11:56 pm PST
#16  Peter Laffin - Boulder, Colorado

Not to mention greed...

March 19, 2014 at 11:56 pm PST
#17  Christopher Travis - Huntsville, Alabama

I can agree with you that some people take it to far and act mean sprited, that is what Pope Francis was saying. These people do need our love and lots of it. They should not be called names or be shunned from families, friends, and especially not their Church. But there is another side of love, discipline. What kind of Christians would we be to let our fellow brothers and sisters believe that mortal sin is ok? That includes pornongraphy, drug abuse, adultery, greed, stealing...etc. If we know our loved ones are openly doing any of these things are we suposed to remain silent? Ignoring and acting like the sin is not a sin, that's not love! If I fell back into a life of sin, like the one I led before my conversion, I certainly hope my fellow Christians would make me aware of my behavior and what it is doing to my soul. Which is more important, somebodys feelings or their soul? I have teenage sons and the greatest love I can show them is sometimes tough love, not coddling them and letting them destroy God's grace. The secular world desires to take them away from God, just like it did me for over 25 years. The secular world loves to make mortal sin seem fun, natural and acceptable and make the Truth look prudish, stiff, and biggoted. I often get labled as a hater and a biggot for not comprimising God's revealed truth and what His Church teaches. I am neither because I would lay down my life in an instant for even the worst sinner in the world, just like my Lord did for me. Just think about it Peter, in under a hundred years the world has made birth control, divorce, abortion, pornography, and drugs seem normal and legal. None of those are holy and reflect God's love, they deflect it! Now that same world wants to hoodwink us all into accepting homosexuality as an act of love. It is a distortion of love, it is a lust and a temptation for self gratification. We shouldn't scold homosexuals but neither should we pretend it isn't a sin and promote it as normal when God and His Church say otherwise. I just wonder what's coming down the pipeline in the next hundred years, its scary!

March 20, 2014 at 4:55 am PST
#18  Peter Laffin - Boulder, Colorado

I'm not scared at all, Christopher. Call it the strength of my faith in The Lord.

And a lot of things you just don't stand up to the facts. Divorce has been around for thousands of years and was deemed acceptable according to societal rank. Pornography, in the form of rock art, has been around since prehistoric times, and has varied in public acceptance throughout history. The earliest written evidence of abortion dates back to 1760 BC in the form of miscarriage through assault, and it has been here ever since. You are dabbling in hysteria.

You know what else has always been here?

Gay people--as well as gay animals. And how wonderful it is that we live in a world in which people who are biologically fine tuned to same-sex attraction don't need to live in fear of being beaten to death for who they are--like it was in the good old days of America!--or fired from their jobs, etc.

And I have to address this, I'm sorry. The comment you made earlier, "I will never say homosexuality is not genetic," is something I hear from fellow Catholics occasionally, and it is just insane. Usually, the kind of people who say this have two things in common:

1. They have never taken the time and effort to truly love and embrace and know a gay person.

2. They have a card in their wallet for the Flat Earth Society.

March 20, 2014 at 12:38 pm PST
#19  Greg Herwaldt - South Elgin, Illinois

I know guys one very well in their teen's all that they talked about is having sex with Women that's all they talked about.Then they got married and had kids one of them three boys. Then one of them just last July tells me he is homosexual the one who had three boys. He was the one who could not stop talking about Women in High School and all times with Women. I pray for Him and A Christ like Love just like Jesus said Hate the Sin (But Love the Sinner) He was not born with it he made a Choice, when Triplets are born one is homosexual and two are NOT Why ???? Or Twins one is homosexual and one is not Why ??? God didn't design Homosexuality Read Leviticus 18:22 When you look at Male it's made for a Female.

March 20, 2014 at 4:30 pm PST
#20  Greg Herwaldt - South Elgin, Illinois

The guy I was talking about after his Divorce had many relationships with other Women. When he was 54 years old that's when he came out I don't believe he was born with it !!!!!!!!!!!!

March 20, 2014 at 4:52 pm PST
#21  Peter Laffin - Boulder, Colorado

That's what your basing your opinion off of? Your own subjective interpretation of a couple of anecdotes? Come on, for your own sake, you can do better than that. Why not base your opinion off of controlled science instead? Don't you think that will bring you better formed opinion?

March 20, 2014 at 5:34 pm PST
#22  Billy the Kid - Staunton, Virginia


The reason this sin makes headlines all of the time is because the media is hellbent on villainizing anyone who thinks that even homosexual acts are wrong much less opposes (or doesn't believe in the validity of it). There are many, many people in popular news outlets that would be willing to dismiss you as a hateful bigot for your views. Other like-sins are being promoted heavily as well, such as an overall acceptance of sexual promiscuity and non-marital sex, as well as a growing tolerance of deviant sexual practices that forty years ago would be unutterable. These sins are also facing resistance from orthodox members of the Church (including Pope Francis). Pope Francis has wisely and mercifully stressed that we cannot insist only on these things, but that doesn't mean we keep completely silent on them. Otherwise Pope Francis would have violated his own advice, considering he recently affirmed marriage as one man/one woman.

March 20, 2014 at 8:25 pm PST
#23  Billy the Kid - Staunton, Virginia

Much less opposes same-sex marriage*

March 20, 2014 at 8:26 pm PST
#24  Christopher Travis - Huntsville, Alabama

Peter, like I told you I do have a family member who is gay. I love him as much as anyone in my family so don't tell me I don't love him. I did not say homosexuality is a sin, God did! I do embrace him and he knows I love him, BUT NOT HIS SIN. It is either a sin or it isn't, take the side of the scientist, many who do not believe in God, or listen to God. If you believe the scientist are smarter than God, the Creator of all, then so be it, no one can change your mind. I can understand you taking up for your brother, that is an act of love, but that does not change the truth of wheather homosexuality is a sin or not. We are all sinners, the difference is some own up for their sins while others make excuses for them.

And also to say God made your brother an alcoholic? Really? What really happened is your brother exercised his free will and developed a behavior that led to alcoholism. He got a taste for booze and it felt good. God does not make sinners, He saves sinners!

March 20, 2014 at 8:27 pm PST
#25  Bret Powell - Eldon, Missouri

Why don't you all ask yourselves "what is righteous, Godly, sex?"

My answer: Sacramental, life-giving sex.

Stop stooping down into the morass of vague, relative terminology that debates "love" and "normality", "sexual preference", "genetics", etc.

There is Sacramental, life-giving sex.
And there is mutual masturbation.

There is sex which fulfills God's command and purpose.
And there is sex which falls short of righteousness.

We are a community established for the building up and edification of the world. We seek God's purpose and we call others to grow towards it. We do not eat from the tree of Good and Evil, handing out codes of black and white. We eat from the tree of life. We seek God. We seek to know God, through Christ, by the Spirit. Nothing else.

The union and the purpose of marriage has been thrown to the dogs by illegitimate heterosexual sex, inside of "marriage" and out. Build up marriage again. Restore it's dignity in the church. Stop condemning. Stop pointing out what is and isn't sin. ITS NOT HELPING!

Tree of life! Not the Tree of Good and Evil!

March 20, 2014 at 8:43 pm PST
#26  Peter Laffin - Boulder, Colorado


That is such an unbelievable cop-out and denies the violence--yes, the deadly violence--homosexual people have incurred in the past, and even in our lifetimes. If you deny that, you deny recorded history, and I have nothing else to speak of with you.

March 21, 2014 at 1:36 am PST
#27  Peter Laffin - Boulder, Colorado

I thank God every day my brother doesn't live in the good old days in which his life was in danger for being who he is. Thank The Lord for that.

March 21, 2014 at 1:37 am PST
#28  Peter Laffin - Boulder, Colorado


Do you deny that alcoholism is a genetic trait? Just curious...

March 21, 2014 at 1:40 am PST
#29  Christopher Travis - Huntsville, Alabama

Peter, No I do not deny alcoholism is a genetic trait. But God did not make someone an alcoholic, the person who passed down the trait did! God creates everything good and man screws it up. A chemical dependancy can be passed on without a doubt, but even then the person CAN overcome that thru Christ. Someone may be born with the urge but they are not a real alcoholic until they satisfy that urge.

March 21, 2014 at 3:54 am PST
#30  Greg Herwaldt - South Elgin, Illinois

Peter thanks for your thought on this, My question is are you saying that science is ( Perfect) there are no Mistakes ????? I THINK you are also saying God made a Mistake ???? In the Book of Genesis 1:27 It says So God created ( Man) in His own image, in the image of God he created Him; Male and Female he created them. In Verse 28 Peter This is VERY IMPORTANT !!!!!! IT says God Blessed them (And this IS VERY,VERY IMPORTANT WHAT God's Saying NEXT) BE FRUiTFUL and (WHAT) ???? INCREASE NUMBER. HOW CAN THAT HAPPEN WITHOUT A MALE AND FEMALE COMING TOGETHER ????? You are talking Science I am Talking About God ( Major ) DiFFerence!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 21, 2014 at 9:43 am PST
#31  Billy the Kid - Staunton, Virginia

"That is such an unbelievable cop-out and denies the violence--yes, the deadly violence--homosexual people have incurred in the past, and even in our lifetimes. If you deny that, you deny recorded history, and I have nothing else to speak of with you."

Honestly... this response, based on your earlier comments as well as mine, makes little to no sense; so much that when I first read it, I was wondering if you meant it for someone else. Not only do I say nothing whatsoever of "incurred violence", I simply stated the truth about the media and our culture, as well as pointed out that Pope Francis just recently stated marriage is between a man and a woman.

Let's pretend I did say something about "incurred violence". I do not deny that people with SSA have been the subject of unjust discrimination in the past, but that doesn't invalidate Pope Francis or Church teaching, nor does it validate our culture that is glorifying sex - nonprocreative, nonsacramental sex- as the most sought after pleasure in the world.

March 21, 2014 at 12:47 pm PST
#32  Ronald Stabile - Warminster, Pennsylvania

Ted Olson, the lawyer who advocates for homosexual unions redefined as legal marriages, is seduced by several fallacies.
The following is the truth about real natural marriage and the fallacy of equating a homosexual union to a heterosexual marriage.
1) A homosexual couple does not physically equal a man and a woman couple.
2) “Love” is not the basis of a real marriage. Most marriages are made for convenience and not for love. This is proven by homosexuals themselves who have publicly stated that they want their unions called legal marriages in order to get certain financial and other legal benefits of real marriages.
3) Amendment XIV to the Constitution was written to protect recently freed slaves and it says nothing about marriage “equality.”
4) The purpose of a real marriage is to provide children with a mother and a father. A homosexual couple cannot procreate a child. A barren heterosexual couple is still a natural marriage because it represents the form and requirement of a real marriage whereas a homosexual couple does not.
5) Equating a homosexual marriage with a heterosexual marriage devalues the meaning and purpose of real marriage which is the procreation of children and the formation of a stable family for the raising of children.
6) Legally redefining marriage to include a homosexual couple is equivalent to granting homosexuals and non-homosexual same-sex couples special or extra rights because a homosexual man can marry a homosexual woman or a heterosexual woman if he wants to do so. And, those non-homosexual same-sex couples also can marry people of the opposite sex.
7) What all cultures and societies have defined as a real marriage, composed of one man with one woman, since time immemorial cannot be redefined legally based on a whimsical notion of something called “marriage equality” which has no basis in logic or in reality.

June 23, 2014 at 4:13 am PST
#33  Carmen Bowman - Minden, Nevada

Dear Catholic Answerw,
I had to look this up for a friend who thinks the church will change their view on same sex marriage.
I tried to explain why that will not happen, but only upset her.
So listening on EWTN, I heard why this cannot happen. I needed to find her the right answers. I don't think she understands.
I enjoy your program very much. Thank you.
Carmen Bowman
Cradle Catholic

September 26, 2014 at 11:17 am PST
#34  Maryrose Pokorny - Colorado Springs, Colorado

I am just curious, why the big argument about the sinfulness of homosexuality? Catholic theology does not teach that feeling same sex attractions is sinful any more than it teaches that feeling heterosexual attractions are sinful. You can't help what you feel, regardless of whether you feel homosexual urges or heterosexual urges. Sin enters the picture once you decide what to do with those feelings: once you act on them and/or choose to indulge them (say fantasizing about having sex, or doing things that encourage those feelings) they become sinful. Sinful sexual behavior--that is willfully and knowingly engaging in sexual behavior that is morally reprehensible--is always wrong, regardless of whether it is homosexual or heterosexual in nature. Paragraphs 2357-2359 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (I'm using the edition published by the Apostolate for Family Consecration in 1994) clearly state that the Church condemns "homosexual acts", not people who experience same-sex attractions.

October 13, 2014 at 12:25 pm PST

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