By Patrick Travers.
Whether or not President Barack Obama’s recent endorsement of ‘gay marriage’ negatively influences his political campaign for the fall 2012 elections, marriage and its relation to homosexuality has clearly become central in today’s ever-growing secular society.
While there is an undeniable ideological battle – heavily influenced in the social media in favor of the homosexual and gender ideology – the real question must take us outside the political sphere for a moment to reflect on society, and the culture which is built up by the fundamental values and models of life assumed by the persons who constitute it.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and current President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, responded immediately and with vehement opposition to President Obama’s public proclamation in favor of same-sex marriages:
“Marriage is the union of one man and one woman. We cannot be silent in the face of words or actions that would undermine the institution of marriage, the very cornerstone of our society.”
Because of the ambiguity of ideological jargon, it is important to be frank and precise with regard to homosexuality:
- Every human person (men, women, homosexuals, heterosexuals) has the same fundamental dignity founded in their human nature. It is this human nature that must be respected by society, and from which spring forth the basic rights and resultant duties of the human person.
- This fundamental dignity is founded in our human nature and our vocation of love, which is lived out according to each person’s sexuality. Man and woman discover physical, moral and spiritual differences and complementarity, which are oriented towards the goods of marriage and the flourishing of family life (Catechism of the Catolic Church, 2333).
- “Homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered. They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.” (CCC, 2357).
- The family is the most basic and fundamental institution for a society’s well-being and the promotion of the common good. The harmony of society and culture depend “in part on the way in which the complementarity, needs, and mutual support between the sexes are lived out” (CCC,2333).
Advocates for the homosexual ideology argue that they are denied the same rights as heterosexuals, and therefore must be given the ‘right’ to marry. But authentic rights must be founded in the good of the human person and point to his authentic realization. The fundamental rights include the “right to life and a worthy quality of life”, cultural rights, social rights, economic rights, religious rights and the rights to a family.
But this right to family life, which for parents comes with the corresponding responsibility to raise and educate children, for children is a right to grow and mature in the heart of a united family and moral environment. When family and marriage are ‘redefined’ according to the whims of an ideology, the children and the future of our society suffer. Establishing civil unions or marriage between same-sex couples promotes the degradation of the human person and undermines marriage and the family.
Therefore, it is of the utmost importance for the common good that a society’s political, legislative and judicial structures protect and promote the integrity of the family as its fundamental institution.