A Matter of Nature
Your editorial on the Marriage Amendment deserves some response. The language you used was both volatile and pejorative, and as such was more designed to intimidate and confuse than to illuminate. You even, once again, made an Orwellian reference to “big brother,” although one wonders what “big brother” doesn’t want people to know or wishes them to forget.
This is not matter of bigotry (at least not ours), or prejudice, or rights or discrimination; nor of religious interpretation. It is however, a matter of nature, reason, and the natural law.
One of the primary effects of marriage and human sexuality is the procreation of children. This effect is uniquely heterosexual. In the case of infertility due either to a physical deprivation or age, the persons in the relationship are capable of acts that are apt for procreation and are therefore natural, even if conception doesn’t occur.
This is never true of a same-sex relationship. In such a case, there is only the imitation of nature. Please remember that marriage is not a private relationship but a very public one, and the family is the basic unit of society.
Finally, this is not a matter of one generation binding another to something that is certain to change as the culture changes. While human behavior may change frequently, human nature does not, and the nature and ends of human sexuality do not.
When dealing with a moral absolute, the culture doesn’t determine what is true or false, good or evil. The culture will either embrace the true and the good or reject it.
What is truly tragic is that the same-sex community isn’t being betrayed by Christianity or this amendment, but by the culture that is opposing it.
Monsignor Jeffrey Ingham
St. Anthony Catholic Church
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