Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Mark of the Beast Follow-up

When I wrote my post "The Mark of the Beast", it became, in 24 hours, my most read blog post in the history of my blog.

My intended audience was fellow Catholics who can see the writing on the wall: "persecution is coming."

While strengthening the "brethren" struggling with where our country is going, I wanted to clarify that the Church's opposition to same-sex "marriage" is NOT rooted, FIRST AND FOREMOST, in the concern that if it passes, our religious liberty will be threatened.

Would "redefining marriage" be a direct attack on the religious freedom of the Catholic Church - ABSOLUTELY! 

Is that the number one reason the Church opposes "redefining marriage" - ABSOLUTELY NOT!

Catholicism doesn't want to run a country - we have been better off since we got out of the state-running business.  Nonetheless, the Church still attempts to guide and help countries make solid policies, policies that will allow countries to flourish and not implode. 

The Church basically says: "Here are some basic questions that you, as a country, have to get right.  If you do, you will flourish.  But if you get these basic issues wrong, your country will collapse soon enough."

One of those is the issue of marriage.

The Compendium of Catholic Social Teaching notes:

"If, from the legal standpoint, marriage between a man and a woman were to be considered just one possible form of marriage, the concept of marriage would undergo a radical transformation, with grave detriment to the common good. By putting homosexual unions on a legal plane analogous to that of marriage and the family, the State acts arbitrarily and in contradiction with its duties.

If, from the legal standpoint, marriage between a man and a woman were to be considered just one possible form of marriage, the concept of marriage would undergo a radical transformation, with grave detriment to the common good. By putting homosexual unions on a legal plane analogous to that of marriage and the family, the State acts arbitrarily and in contradiction with its duties."


Some Catholics have said "why should Catholics care what the state or country think about marriage?"

Answer: "If the state or country gets the marriage question wrong, the state or country will implode."