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Catholic Church Steps Up Gay Marriage Campaign

Prepare for a buttload of bullshittery.

Catholics will be urged to protect the "true meaning" of matrimony as the Catholic church steps up its campaign against government plans for gaymarriage.

A letter from two senior archbishops will be read in 2,500 parish churches during mass, arguing that the change would reduce the significance of marriage.

The archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, leader of the Catholic church in England and Wales, and Peter Smith, the archbishop of Southwark, will tell Catholics they have a "duty to do all we can to ensure that the true meaning of marriage is not lost for future generations".

Changing the legal definition of marriage would be a "profoundly radical step", they warn, and would strip the union of its "distinctive nature."

It would reduce it to just the commitment of the two people involved, without recognising the intention of procreation and the education of children, the letter says.

"Changing the legal definition of marriage would be a profoundly radical step," the archbishops say. "Its consequences should be taken seriously now.

"The law helps to shape and form social and cultural values. A change in the law would gradually and inevitably transform society's understanding of the purpose of marriage.

"It would reduce it just to the commitment of the two people involved. There would be no recognition of the complementarity of male and female or that marriage is intended for the procreation and education of children.

"We have a duty to married people today, and to those who come after us, to do all we can to ensure that the true meaning of marriage is not lost for future generations."

The letter argues that the roots of marriage lie in human nature and the pattern of "complementarity and fertility" in the union are affirmed by many other religious traditions.

It says: "Neither the church nor the state has the power to change this fundamental understanding of marriage itself."

And it insists that same-sex couples are not unfairly discriminated against under the current law.

"The reasons given by our government for wanting to change the definition of marriage are those of equality and discrimination," the archbishops write.

"But our present law does not discriminate unjustly when it requires both a man and a woman for marriage. It simply recognises and protects the distinctive nature of marriage."

David Cameron's official spokesman said in response: "The government has made clear its commitment to equality. We believe people should have the option of civil marriage, irrespective of sexual orientation."

I truly do not know where to begin. Let me just go with my favourite part: 'The letter argues that the roots of marriage lie in human nature'.

Keeping this brief, because I have shit to do: Both concepts, marriage and human nature, are human invented. Human nature is the the essentialist view that all humans possess a series of innate characteristics that make us the same. On some primal level this is the case. In circumstances such as relationships, sexuality, system of law and most dramatically spirituality this is simply a no. To further this, the very idea that marriage is in anyway natural has me gasping for air because I'm choking on what-the-fuck. We humans are animals. We're born, we fuck, our babies are born, we die. The idea that a piece of paper has to be signed somewhere in there in order to make our fucking and baby-making relevant and acceptable is entirely society-constructed. Spirituality and marriage have no place in nature so this argument has zero hold over anything.
I could go on with the rest of the article but I really do have shit I have to get done and honestly, it's too easy.
Be quiet, Catholicism. You really do not know what you are talking about.
Leave the gay community alone, they do you no harm.



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March 2012

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