Posts Tagged ‘Same Sex Marriage’

Procedures vs. Persons, Abortion vs. Gay Marriage: Another Culture War?

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the four consolidated same-sex “marriage” cases, including Ohio’s Obergefell vs. Hodgeson, on April 28, 2015. As The New York Times reported, the first arguments were over same-sex marriage bans democratically enacted in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, and thus concerned with whether states must allow same-sex marriage. The second set of arguments were concerned with whether a state must recognize a marriage of a...

“How Gay are We?”: Gay Games 2014

“How Gay Are We?” is the question posed on this month’s cover of Cleveland Magazine, over a silhouette of a rainbow Cleveland skyline. This headline and the corresponding article are recognizing the upcoming Gay Games that take place in the Northeast Ohio city August 9-16. The article goes through a brief history of Cleveland’s LGBTQ culture, mentioning only briefly that Ohio voters are “equally split” on the same-sex “marriage” debate. The overwhelming majority of the...

Childhood RIP: The Death of Archie

The unthinkable is happening! Archie Andrews was the Dorian Gray of high school teenagers and enjoyed immunity from the ravages of time. In his case, it lasted for or some 73 years. His romantic affection for Betty and Veronica would never be consummated in marriage, but would keep his readers in a perpetual state of wonderment. He was the comic strip version of Keats’ “Ode on a Grecian Urn” – – “Bold Lover,...

Extraordinary Synod to Address Pastoral Challenges to the Family

The Church reads the signs of the times. This year, she is poised to address the challenges wrought to evangelization by advocacy for the redefinition of marriage, secular divorce, cohabitation and other developments regarding family life. A working document entitled The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization has been drawn up to guide the extraordinary synod of bishops.

The synod of bishops is an advisory body to the pope,...

Marriage: Where do we go from here?

With D.C.’s March for Marriage drawing near, this is a good moment to take a look at how we Catholics—laypeople, priests, and bishops—can better prepare couples for this holy Sacrament, which was blessed in a special way by the first miracle of Our Lord at Cana at His Mother’s request. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is quite clear that “the matrimonial union of man and woman is indissoluble. God himself has determined...

God’s Design for the Family

In His great wisdom, God has created the human family as the first school to form the minds, hearts, souls, and consciences of children. In God’s plan, a child needs both a mother and a father, not two mothers or two fathers. Orphans and children who are fatherless or motherless suffer and struggle more than children who enjoy normal family life. The influence of a good father and mother balances a child and teaches...

In Hoc Signo Vinces (In This Sign Conquer)

It may come as a surprise to many that the fruits of the Sexual Revolution of the 1960s are not anything really new. Western society has faced these issues before with the sexual morality of the Pax Romana. When the Empire began its conversion to Catholicism, this loose morality was defeated precisely because of the acceptance of Catholic teaching. Today, however, is a different story. It is now “en vogue” to have thrown away...

Same-Sex “Marriage”, Religious Freedom

Same-sex “marriage” is the juggernaut that seems all but impossible to stop. From popular culture and the media to courts and state legislatures, the proponents of same-sex marriage have made the kind of strides that less than a generation ago would have seemed all but unlikely. In this time frame, we went from persons with same-sex attraction being in the “the closet,” to arguments for tolerance of their lifestyle, then to arguments for...