Gay Marriage is a Recipe For Tyranny

Archbishop Thomas Wenski: President Obama is Imposing His Views on the Populace


Archbishop Thomas Wenski

Archbishop Thomas Wenski: I love this pic!

Archbishop Thomas Wenski:

In this particular battle in our nation’s “culture wars,” the two opposing sides are fighting about the understanding of man and his relationship to truth and reality.

One side — and today “gay marriage” is its poster child — holds that anyone can essentially create his or her own reality. This side holds for a radical autonomy by which truth is determined not by the nature of things but by one’s own individual will.

The other side holds men and women are not self-creators but creatures. Truth is not constructed, but received and thus must reflect the reality of things. Or, as the Book of Genesis says: “Male and female, He (God) created them.” (Genesis 1:27).

The former’s position, like that of the secular utopias of the 20th century, is a recipe for tyranny; the latter’s position promises a freedom that is only achievable through adherence to objective truth which we do not, and could never, invent.

In seeking to redefine the legal definition of marriage to include same sex unions, President Obama and other proponents of “gay marriage,” in effect, are imposing their views and lifestyle on the larger populace. Once legal, the state’s coercive power will punish those who refuse to embrace gay marriages.

For example, public officials — regardless of their views on the rightness or wrongness of homosexual acts — will be obliged to officiate at same sex “weddings,” and public schools will be required to teach their acceptability to children whether parents concur or not.

Even First Amendment freedoms will not be protected from assault.

Marriage has been primarily about the raising of children (who seem to be hardwired to be best raised by a father and a mother who are married to each other). Society has a legitimate interest in favoring such traditional marriages as a way of investing in the future of society by providing for the human flourishing of upcoming generations.

Same sex “marriage” — if allowed to prevail in law — will result in the devaluation of all marriages with terrible consequences to society. That marriage is a lifelong union between a man and a woman is certainly part of Catholic teaching — in fact, in our teaching, this union is seen as a covenant and is a sacrament.

However, marriage as a union between a man and a woman for the sake of family is not a product of religious sectarianism. Nor is marriage a creation of the state. It is founded in nature itself.

Marriage understood as a union between one man and one woman as an institution precedes church and state — if not a creation of church or state, neither has any authority to change the nature of marriage.

The common good demands that the understanding of marriage as a union between one man and one woman not be lost.

Thomas Wenski is Archbishop of Miami.


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4 comments to Gay Marriage is a Recipe For Tyranny

  • I just wanted to say why , now, I have and read all this wonderful information 25 years later. Does it take all one’s life to fined out what they should have done years ago. Yes I had a son who was gay . and then went through divorce also at this time , I had three kids raised Catholic .two daughters and son . He went to texas with his mother and youngest daughter . two daughters turned out ok except one goes calvery chapel . and other in Kuwait married . Both Married.
    But my son went to the Gay bars and caught Aids and passed away with HIV Now they can keep you alive
    One makes lots of mistakes . divorce was not my Idea
    I should have gotten help at this time but where I lived was not the best . I could have saved my son if I had gotten therapy at this time . Now I know I have to take some of the blame for divorce and may have been able to help my son . One blame’s one self for mistake made when young . That’s what I love about
    Catholic church confession is the best sacrement that
    that Christ ever gave us.
    Why dumb so young and smart so late in life. That effect other peoples life. Forgive Me lord .

  • @Bill: your argument is similar to those used when Roe v. Wade was decided. Ditto the Anglican Communion’s decision on birth control in 1930. History has shown such reasoning to be wrong. When the sacred is made optionally sacred, when what God has done is made optional, then what God has done quickly becomes unnecessary. Yes, the current culture tells us marriage isn’t necessary & disposable when one desires. But enshrining marriage between people of the same sex in our laws make the thing legal, as abortion is legal. It steps away from the natural law with which humans beings are hard wired & teaches us to call what is actually sin a good. That is automatically a devaluation of marriage & also of what it means to be human.

  • Bill

    Same sex marriage should have little or no impact in marriage and certainly will not “devalue” marriage. What does devalue marriage in the almost constant devaluation of sex and marriage on TV and the movies. It is almost impossible to watch a TV show without extra-marital sex as part of the plot. As for gay marriage, you’re probably talking about less than 10% of the population being interested.

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