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So a Catholic thinker who once helmed the wonderful periodical “First Things” has come out in favor of same-sex marriage.
No big surprise, then, that the New York Times would trumpet this story to the nations as they did this morning.
I’m sure much more blistering and thorough destructions of Bottum’s meandering and fluffy essay are being penned at this moment by much more capable hands than my own. I did want to share some reactions after reading the piece this morning.
1) The most stunning component to the entire essay is Bottum’s belief that St. Thomas Aquinas’s teaching justifies support for legalizing same-sex marriage. This statement betrays hubris on a scale rarely seen in these parts outside of the executive branch of our government.
Bottum doesn’t say something like “I am starting to wonder if perhaps St. Thomas’ teachings could be used to justify this” nor does he say something like “I plan to kick this idea around with lots of other people who are scholars of St. Thomas’ teaching”,…nope…he just writes that he has suddenly realized that St. Thomas’s Summa DOES support legalizing same sex marriage.
Bottum has thought it…so let it be done.
2) Most of the underlying current of the essay centers around a gay friend of Bottum’s, and how their friendship cooled over the past few years because of the Church’s stance.
I would love to ask Bottum “SO THAT’S YOUR REASON? You’ve changed your heart because the Gospel caused some friction in a relationship? Dude, have you EVER read the Gospels? Have you heard what Jesus said his word would bring? If you haven’t, He said division. Have you heard what Jesus said he would do to relationships between mothers and daughters, sons and fathers, etc.? He said he would pit them against each other. But you’ve changed your heart because of FRICTION?”
I’m sorry, but the people who have been martyred for their Faith weep for the fact that your knees have buckled under such a comparatively light load as the load that crushed their bodies on this Earth.
While still at First Things and defending things Catholic, Bottum wrote the following poem:
seen the cold reeds strain in the dawn to follow,
watched the first gray ice of the season take
roots for the winter,
greet a half-born child with a knife and daughters
name the pain-free murder of mothers most
sparking new fires, stoking the dampened embers—
scorn the faint hearts nursing a private flame,
skirting the darkness.
“Leave the great voice blazing to stave the winter.
Autumn’s own soft music has need of songs
gentle and dying.”