So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Marry? Marry quite contrary... to the "norm". A primer on Catholic belief and practice.

Foreword

Don't shoot the messenger!

This is a Catholic blog about Catholic belief and practice. If you have a problem with the teaching of the Catholic Church, take up your complaint with Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church.

If the content found here contradicts anything in the Catechism, then specific fraternal correction is welcome and changes will be made to harmonize the following essay with the ageless and sublime teaching of the Church.

The Catechism on Marriage.
1652 "By its very nature the institution of marriage and married love is ordered to the procreation and education of the offspring and it is in them that it finds its crowning glory."
Children are the supreme gift of marriage and contribute greatly to the good of the parents themselves. God himself said: "It is not good that man should be alone," and "from the beginning [he] made them male and female"; wishing to associate them in a special way in his own creative work, God blessed man and woman with the words: "Be fruitful and multiply." Hence, true married love and the whole structure of family life which results from it, without diminishment of the other ends of marriage, are directed to disposing the spouses to cooperate valiantly with the love of the Creator and Saviour, who through them will increase and enrich his family from day to day. 

1653 The fruitfulness of conjugal love extends to the fruits of the moral, spiritual, and supernatural life that parents hand on to their children by education. Parents are the principal and first educators of their children. In this sense the fundamental task of marriage and family is to be at the service of life.
1654 Spouses to whom God has not granted children can nevertheless have a conjugal life full of meaning, in both human and Christian terms. Their marriage can radiate a fruitfulness of charity, of hospitality, and of sacrifice.
Marriage precedes the state. The state does not have competency to redefine marriage, only an obligation to defend the definition which affirms the procreative human experience and the natural (biological and psychological) complementary relationship.

The Catholic Church did not invent marriage; neither did the state. God is the author of marriage. It is a supra-political phenomenon proper to the very God-designed nature of human beings. God's design for marriage is a monogamous, lifelong relationship. A male and female enter into a covenant; a communion forms, the two become one flesh as God intends. Catholics believe that marriage is for life until natural death separates a husband and wife. Jesus restored God's design for marriage (St. Mark 10:1-12).

The Catholic Church, along with virtually every religion and aboriginal culture in the world, recognizes and supports the natural institution of marriage. Without the natural institution, no society can exist or flourish.
Jesus Christ, of course, raised marriage to a sacrament. The Church invites spouses to discern their loving mirroring of the inner life of the Holy Trinity and their mirroring of Christ's love for His bride, His spouse, His Church. The Sacrament of Matrimony immerses a husband and wife in the mystery of the Holy Trinity.
http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s2c2a6.htm
Competency Hearing

Attempts to redefine marriage (to include relationships involving biologically non-complementary human beings) are beyond the competence of the state. No legislation can alter the nature of marriage.

Marriage both precedes the state and is a necessary condition for the continuation of the state. Future generations arise from and are formed in or through the marriage of biologically complementary beings, i.e., the union of a male and female.
Read more at: http://www.mercatornet.com/conjugality/view/who_invented_marriage_not_the_church._not_the_state/12309#sthash.ar0EJ7Ax.dpuf
The sophistry of artificial constructs.

Despite attempts to promote the fabrication of families through artificial insemination and surrogacy—both acts are forms of human trafficking and are therefore gravely immoral—no one can change the nature of marriage. The natural union between a man and woman is consonant with the design of males and females as complementary sexual beings.

Children need a loving mother and father. No alternative can adequately substitute for the complementary roles a mother and father play in the rearing of children. Human beings are most likely to reach their full potential in a home defined by authentic charity, i.e., complementary self-sacrificing love, and mutual respect that enhances or affirms and does not inhibit, confuse or suppress biological and psychological complementarity.

Of course, sometimes situations beyond the control of any one person—death of a spouse, loss of both parents, spousal abandonment, etc.—constitute an exceptional or extraordinary circumstance whereby a child or children must be raised by a single parent or his or her grandparents or by foster parents. These exceptions require the support of the parish community, a community of faith in which children are nurtured according to the wisdom received from God. Good can come from uncertain and even bad circumstances if God occupies the centre of people's lives and people ask for the grace to raise a child in difficult or exceptional circumstances.

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