Monday, November 12, 2012

CP: "Vatican Not Giving Up on Traditional Marriage Despite Defeats"

St. Peter's Basilica at Early Morning
Citing L'Osservatore Romano, the semi-official newspaper of Vatican City, the Christian Post paints a defiant picture of the Catholic Church regarding marriage equality.

Last week was a tough one for the Pope. In addition to the four election losses in the United States, France also made it clear that it will legalize same-sex marriage by early next year while Spain firmly upheld its marriage equality laws. Spain must be particularly galling to the Pope given that its constitution recognizes the importance and authority of the Catholic Church.

According to Vatican spokesman, Father Frederico Lombardi:
In short, preserving a vision of the human person and of human relationships where there is a public acknowledgment of monogamous marriage between a man and woman is an achievement of civilization. If not, why not contemplate also freely chosen polygamy and, of course, not to discriminate, polyandry? It is not expected, then, the Church will give up proposing that society recognize a specific place for marriage between a man and a woman.
This could be a prime example of the fallibility of slippery slope arguments. In this case, the Holy See is comparing unequal conditions as if they were equal; If we condone the consumption of alcohol then why not the injection of heroine? Neither polygamy nor polyandry provide appropriate support for children who end up competing for attention. Moreover, it's a hypothetical that has no basis in fact.

More importantly, this is not up the the Roman Catholic Church to decide!

The Pope is an absolute monarch over 109 acres. Beyond the Vatican, the Pope is a religious leader whose influence is     or should be     limited to Catholics in matters of faith.
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