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Ignoring human nature harms marriage, says cardinal

Rome, Italy, Jul 1, 2013 / 03:42 pm (CNA).- After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, an Italian cardinal said that recognizing gay unions as “marriages” ignores nature and may yield effects that cannot be entirely anticipated.

“The fundamental structures of our existence would be overturned, with the destructive effects that we can imagine, but not entirely foresee,” Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar general emeritus of the Diocese of Rome, said in a June 28 interview with Italian daily Il Foglio.

“We think, in concrete terms, of what can be a family in which there is no longer a father, a mother, and children who have a father and a mother,” he added in the interview, which was noted by Vatican analyst Sandro Magister of L’Espresso July 1.

Two days before the interview, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and that the federal government must recognize same-sex “marriages” if they are accepted by individual states. This means that “married” gay couples are entitled to the same federal benefits as married straight couples.

Cardinal Ruini said that same-sex “marriage” is an effect of a misunderstanding – even a rejection – of human nature.

In fact, reality is a given, which cannot be changed and is not a construction of society, he explained.

“One very important aspect of our being is that we are structured according to the sexual difference, of man and woman…it is a primordial and evident difference, which precedes our personal decisions, our culture and the education we have received.”

This reality has led humanity “since its origin,” to understand marriage “as a bond possible only between a man and a woman,” he said.

The basis for “gay marriage,” the cardinal explained, is the view that sex is a choice of the individual, and not a given characteristic that is received at conception.

“But,” he said, “this is an illusion, even if it is shared by many.”

“Our freedom, in fact, is rooted in the reality of our being, and when it is violated it becomes destructive, of ourselves first of all.”

Cardinal Ruini emphasized that equality is a good which is to be valued, “understood as equal dignity among all human beings.”

However, when it is understood “as the negation of every difference and therefore as the presumption to treat different situations in the same way, equality is simply something that goes against reality,” he said.

While acknowledging that Western nations are rushing to accept and promote “gay marriage,” he said that ultimately “the future belongs to those who are able to recognize and accept the human being in his authentic reality.”

“The illusions, instead, sooner or later collapse, often after having done great damage.”

Recognizing that governments cannot command or prohibit whom one loves, the cardinal also said that governments “can and must…seek to regulate in the way most useful and most in keeping with reality the behaviors that are born from love but have a public significance.”

He rejected the idea of civil unions as a compromise between supporters and opponents of same-sex “marriage,” saying society can in no way healthfully “banish nature with a personal or collective decision of our own.”

Civil unions would not “satisfy the demand for absolute freedom and equality that is at the basis of the claim of homosexual marriage,” he stated.

Furthermore, Cardinal Ruini suggested, civil unions are harmful to societies because they would further dissolve the already damaged institution of marriage, as well as useless because all of the rights they would afford “can very well be protected…by recognizing them as rights of persons, and not of couples.”

In light of the rush to accept gay marriage in the U.S. and Europe, the Italian cardinal said the Church “cannot help” but uphold reality and the nature of man.

On that basis, Catholics are called to witness to truth and live their faith in the public square.

He urged that Catholics “must become more aware of the cultural and social significance of their faith.”

“When this awareness becomes weak, the faith becomes insipid and has little impact not only in the public sphere, but also in the capacity to draw persons and lead them to Christ,” he reflected.

Catholic Analysts: Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Isn’t Inevitable

By ADELAIDE MENA/CNA/EWTN |
WASHINGTON — Despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 rulings on “gay marriage,” experts in law and sociology said they do not believe the national discussion on the matter is over.

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Gay marriage rising: who’s to blame?

by Dr. Gerard M. Nadal If yesterday’s Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage were tough to swallow, this post will be even more of a challenge to accept. On the merits of the cases, dissenting Justice Scalia got it exactly right. No argument there. It’s where the blame ultimately lies that separates me from many…

Sorry Mr. Franklin, We Couldn’t

I was going to provide an analysis of both of the Supreme Court decisions today related to gay marriage, but instead I will focus on Hollingsworth v. Perry, which was concerned with California’s Prop 8. But first a couple of thoughts about US v. Windsor, the DOMA case. The immediate short-term impact of the case [...]

Family advocates say marriage ruling ignores children

Washington D.C., Jun 26, 2013 / 03:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Supreme Court issued its historic rulings on “gay marriage,” an array of family advocates warned that the decisions could have long-lasting negative impacts on families and society.

“The Supreme Court…neglected our most precious children who need a mother and a father united in marriage for healthy development,” William Owens, president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, said June 26, shortly after the decisions were handed down.

“The African-American community has already been plagued with problems related to children growing up in single parent households. This ruling will only accelerate the further erosion of our communities and society.”

Owens said it is “time for African-Americans and the Christian community to rise up and renew their efforts to protect marriage and strengthen the families in their communities.” Noting that “African-Americans pay a disproportionate price as collateral damage” when marriage is attacked, he stressed that “it will take leaders across the country to resist the cultural shift.”

In U.S. v. Windsor, the court in a 5-4 decision struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, ruling that the federal government must recognize same-sex “marriages” if they are accepted by individual states.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority decision that by “treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment,” which ensures equal protection under federal law.

The court’s other “gay marriage” decision, Hollingsworth v. Perry, dismissed an appeal regarding California’s Proposition 8, finding, again by a narrow 5-4 split, that those bringing the suit did not have the legal standing to do so.

Proposition 8 was a constitutional amendment approved by California voters to solidify marriage as the union of one man and one women in the state. The Supreme Court’s dismissal of the case means that a lower court’s ruling on the amendment as unconstitutional will stand, paving the way for “gay marriage” to be recognized in the state.

Maggie Gallagher, a fellow at the American Principles Project, said that the DOMA decision “is the Roe v. Wade of this generation, not this generation’s Brown v. the Board of Education.”

“Like Roe, Kennedy stepped in to disenfranchise millions of voters’ concerns to tilt unfairly the scale of justice.”

Also like the Roe decision, she said, “the deep questions involved in marriage will not simply go away:  At the heart of the gay marriage argument is an untruth: unions of two men or women are not the same as unions of husband and wife. The law cannot make it so, it can only require us to paint pretty pictures to cover up deep truths embedded in human nature.”

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said that the ruling “raises as many questions as it answers.”

“For example, what is the status of such couples under federal law if they move to another state that does not recognize their ‘marriage?’”

“This decision throws open the doors for whole new rounds of litigation.”

Perkins did, however, voice relief that “the court today did not impose the sweeping nationwide redefinition of natural marriage that was sought.” Rather than proclaiming a “fundamental right” to same-sex “marriage,” the court left the definition of marriage up to the states, saying only that if the states chose to recognize gay unions as marriages, the federal government must follow suit.

Regarding the Prop 8 ruling, Perkins said the court’s decision “distorts the balance of powers between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government.”

Proposition 8 was defended by a group of its proponents, rather than the California government officials who would normally have done so, but who declined the task in this case. The Supreme Court ruled that this group of individuals did not have the right to defend the law in court.

This ruling, Perkins said, “allows the executive branch to effectively veto any duly enacted law, simply by refusing to defend it against a constitutional challenge.”

Perkins also stressed the importance of mothers and fathers, saying it is “inevitable” that “the male and female relationship will continue to be uniquely important to the future of society. The reality is that society needs children, and children need a mom and a dad.”

“We will continue to work to restore and promote a healthy marriage culture, which will maximize the chances of a child being raised by a married mother and father,” he said.

Religious freedom concerns were also raised, as faith groups such as adoption agencies have faced growing pressure and legal repercussions for adhering to their religious beliefs on marriage.

The president of the American Family Association, Tim Wildmon, said that Christians must now “vigorously protect our religious liberty” and work to fight forces trying to normalize homosexual behavior. 

“In addition, the trend of classifying statements that have a biblical foundation as ‘hate speech’ is one that AFA will do everything in its power to prevent,” he said.

Supreme Court strikes down DOMA, dismisses Prop 8

Washington D.C., Jun 26, 2013 / 09:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and the federal government must recognize “gay marriages” accepted…

Can We Save Infidelity?

By Simcha Fisher |
As I write, the nation is waiting to see what the Supreme Court will say about gay marriage. The debates I’ve heard have centered mainly around whether or not gay people should be allowed to marry so that they can have the…

Yes, gay marriage will change marriage - and here’s how

by Mark Regnerus June 13, 2013 (thePublicDiscourse) - Will same-sex marriage cause harm to opposite-sex marriage? It’s one of the most enduring questions surrounding state and national legal decisions about marriage. But the question itself is empirically unanswerable any time soon. We are arguably years away from…

Catholic MP who voted for gay ‘marriage’ suffering from ‘terminal non-judgmentalism’: SPUC

by Hilary White LONDON, June 11, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Labour Party Member of Parliament who said that she voted for the government’s “gay marriage” despite her Catholic faith, “seems to be suffering from the modern disease of terminal non-judgmentalism,” said one of the country’s…

How the French debate destroyed the two top myths about gay marriage

by Robert Oscar Lopez June 10, 2013 (thePublicDiscourse) - If the recent French mobilizations against same-sex marriage have taught us anything, it’s this: The LGBT lobby has misrepresented its cause’s relationship to time and history. Illinois Democrat Greg Harris stated in a National Public Radio…

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