It’s the end of the world as we know it…apparently

Pope Benedict XVI

I just have one question…how?

How does this idea of gay marriage undermine the future of humanity itself?

How?

Pope Benedict says gay marriage is one of several threats to the traditional family that undermines “the future of humanity itself”.

The pope made some of his strongest comments against gay marriage in a new year address to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican in which he touched on some economic and social issues facing the world today.

He told diplomats from nearly 180 countries that the education of children needed proper “settings” and that “pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman”.

“This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself,” he said.

The Vatican and Catholic officials around the world have protested against moves to legalise gay marriage in Europe and other developed parts of the world.

If it’s about procreation…newsflash, gay couples are probably not having children whether they are married or not. If it’s about ‘traditional marriage’ I guess the question is then…”which traditional marriage are you talking about?”

People site that reason all the time and I’ve never understood it.

Traditionally, two people agreed to be married…and that was it…they were married. Prior to the Theodosian Code it was both same sex, and opposite sex couples agreeing to this…is that the traditional marriage we are talking about? Obviously not.

Are we talking about the ‘traditional marriage’ where the woman (or often girls as young as 12) we given to a man to gain the family wealth? It was more a transaction of wealth than a modern marriage…obviously not.

Are we talking about one man and many wives which is a traditions over the ages in many countries and to many cultures? Obviously not.

I think what people are saying when they say ‘traditional marriage’ is, for want or a more eloquent description, a marriage of the 1950’s because that about how far back you need to go to include the church with marriage. So traditional marriage is the marriage of the 1950’s…but certainly excludes a lot of traditions around other eras and by other cultures…but I guess if we thought too hard about what ‘traditional marriage’ meant, then it wouldn’t fit the narrative of those trying to ‘sell the sizzle’ of traditional marriage.

Finally here is something the churches of the world need to understand. In 2012 you no longer own marriage. In fact you haven’t owned it for a very long time, you did at one stage when people got married ‘before God’, but now that one needs to sign a certificate, which is a government document, and you cannot be married without one, marriage now belongs to the Government.

And since it does belong to the Government I cannot see how it is ethical to exclude a sector of society in partaking in that Government institution.

So I ask again, how, oh how will gay marriage be the downfall of modern society?

3 thoughts on “It’s the end of the world as we know it…apparently

  1. Mark Currie (@markcurrienz) January 10, 2012 / 19:19

    I honestly don’t see whats wrong with this statement coming from the Pope. Ignoring the rights and wrongs of the issue for a second, if the Pope had made any variation on the position he stated, he would have have been ignoring scripture, which we as Catholics believe is sacred. As Pope there is no other position he realistically could have taken.

  2. James January 10, 2012 / 20:10

    How about as a human being he rejects the superstitious anti reason nonsense he spouts now .takes the dress off, finds some pants and gets a life?

  3. Gazza January 10, 2012 / 23:09

    I’m very cautious about heeding what the Catholic Church and the Pope says. I was once a part of that church, subsequent research has led me out of her and into a place where I believe the true and inspired word of God is followed more closely.
    The Catholic Church and it’s imagery line up very well with Revelation 17, city of seven hills, clothed in purple and scarlet, having the wealth of nations. I take that as a great warning.

    They took mythology from the Greeks, Egyptians and the Romans, then tacked it onto Christianity to appease those they were trying to reach. Sunday became the day of worship, pictures and Statues of Jesus, Mary and the saints (a violation of the second commandment) began to appear with the sun disc halo behind them, an icon of the sun god Ra.

    Then there is the Inquisition, the Crusades, witch burnings, all of which violate Jesus words to love our enemies and turn the other cheek.

    I don’t wish to offend anyone, but when the Pope declares something like homosexuality a threat to humanity all the while leading a Church that has strayed from Biblical foundations to follow traditions more closely associated with the religions they appropriated, I think it is rather hypocritical.

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