Catholic doctrine and discipline can never, ever, recognize as married two persons of the same sex, and any Catholic who regards "same-sex marriage" as marriage is, beyond question, "opposed to the doctrine for the Church" (Canon 750 § 2). I am sorry so many Catholics apparently think otherwise and I recognize that many who think that Church teaching on marriage can and should change, do so in good faith. But they are still wrong and their error leads them, among other things, to underestimate how non-negotiable is the Church's opposition to the recognition of same-sex unions as marriage.
The Church (and for that matter our nation) will have great need of Catholics who understand and accept the teaching of Christ and his Church on marriage if the damage done by the Supreme Court today is ever to be repaired. Appreciating the infallible character of this teaching on marriage is the first step.
As for whether we succeed in righting this wrong, that’s not our concern. The question we will be asked at Judgment will be, Did we try?
The more virulent among the detractors profess themselves to be focused upon the critical importance of "care," "love," and "justice" for all Americans. But their caustic denunciations of those who believe in the sanctity and/or traditional definition of marriage based upon Scripture and Church teaching betrays a more malign intent, one appearing to be that of abridging freedom of religion.
If that assessment is correct, that's a political battle yet to unfold.
In the interim, it would be good if those making such denunciations held themselves to the same standard to which the Church holds its members with regard to those persons for whom the detractors have battled for "equal rights under the law":
2358 They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and
sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard
should be avoided.
Let the discussion begin...
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