Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Defining Marriage in the Catholic Church

Nothing God creates is random. Nor is any life form empowered to bring destruction on other life forms. As I study the next part of my Catholic Catechism (pgs. 105 – 106), I appreciate what I’ve always known, that when two people marry, they accept the innate responsibility to participate in the willful act of God’s creation.

Sexual expression of affection is not the purpose of marriage. Marriage is about communion with God in a unique and special way, fully acknowledging His power to create new life at will. However, “This sovereignty is not to be an arbitrary and destructive domination.” (CCC pg. 106) I would be remiss if I didn’t address homosexuality here.

While marriage is defined as the union between a man and a woman in the Catholic Church, the catechism does not give us the authority to be prejudice against same sex couples. Instead, it states very clearly, “In marriage God unites them in such a way that, “by forming “one flesh,” they can transmit human life: “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” (CCC pg. 106)

Society has a way of muddying the waters of social issues. Everyone was created by God; not everyone has the same calling to serve Him in the same way. Being gay is not a sin, but it also does not lend itself to the definition of marriage in the Catholic Church.