Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George has issued a letter stating same-sex marriages are “a legal fiction” and that gay people must live celibate lives or risk God’s love. George, who published the letter New Year’s Day in advance of an upcoming Illinois bill that would make same-sex marriages legal, adds that the Church will refuse to bow to the will of the majority on marriage equality, but promises the Catholic Church is not anti-gay.
“Civil laws that establish ‘same-sex marriage’ create a legal fiction,” George writes. “The State has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible,” the Cardinal states, apparently forgetting that corporations are people.
“People live out their sexual identity in different ways, but the Church offers the means to live chastely in all circumstances, as the love of God both obliges and makes possible,” George’s letter states, meaning gay people should live celibate lives or risk going to Hell.
Curiously, Cardinal George’s letter, which was also signed by six Illinois Bishops, adds that if same-sex marriage becomes legal in Illinois, it will be challenging for him and, supposedly, all Catholics, to maintain their respectability. George is worried same-sex marriage equality will make the public label Catholics who don’t support the new law “bigots.”
We will all have to pretend to accept something that is contrary to the common sense of the human race.
Those who continue to distinguish between genuine marital union and same sex arrangements will be regarded in law as discriminatory, the equivalent of bigots. This proposed legislation will have long term consequences because laws teach; they tell us what is socially acceptable and what is not, and most people conform to the dictates of their respective society, at least in the short run.
George, mocking the very concept of civil rights, also pretends that the Bible gives him this authority, and that his bigotry is merely “God’s law,” and the law of nature.
If we ignore in law the natural complementary of man and woman in creation, then the natural family is undermined. Our individual lives become artificial constructs protected by civil “rights” that destroy natural rights. Human dignity and human rights are then reduced to the whims of political majorities. When the ways of nature and nature’s God conflict with civil law, society is in danger. It is to that danger that we direct your attention.
Marriage comes to us from nature. The human species comes in two complementary sexes, male and female. Their sexual union is called marital. It not only creates a place of love for two adults but also a home for loving and raising their children. It provides the biological basis for personal identity.
It is physically impossible for two men or two women to consummate a marriage, even when they share a deep friendship or love.
It was just one year ago that then-Archbishop George was the subject of condemnation around the nation for his “warning” that a local Chicago gay pride parade might “morph into something like the Klu Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism.”
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