CBCP calls same-sex weddingsheld in Baguio illegal and an insult to the Catholic Church After New York passed a law legalizing gay marriage last week, several same-sex weddings were held in Baguio City over the weekend, and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is adamant that such unions will never be recognized in the Catholic Church, reports ABS-CBN News.
Senate bill 2814 : ANTI-ETHNIC, RACIAL OR RELIGIOUSDISCRIMINATION AND PROFILING ACT O F 2011 Ronald Reyes, a lawyer of the CBCP, said they had no qualms about the bill before but became concerned when the bill was amended and “sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity” were included. “It’s opening the door for same sex marriages, which our country doesn’t allow,” Reyes told reporters. He said the Catholic church, which would not officiate same sex marriages, might be punished if the bill became law. “This is alarming and it might change our society,” Reyes said.
“Politics of Homosexuality” by: Andrew Sullivan Marriage is not simply a private contract; it is a public and social recognition of a private commitment. As such it is the highest public recognition of ourpersonal integrity. Denying it to gay people is the most public affront possible to their civil equality.
What reasonsdo gay andlesbian peoplegive for societysupportingsame-sexmarriages?
“IS IT A CHOICE “ By: Eric MarcusInsurance and pension plans Eligibility for Social Security’sSpecial tax exemptions and Survivor’s Benefitsdeductions THEY WANT SAME LEGAL PROTECTIONS AND BENEFITS Inheritance of Properties Automatic rights for In case of death and Survivorship that avoid emergency: Legal next of kin inheritance tax
SAME-SEX MARRIAGE SOCIOLOGICALFACT OF DIVERSITY VALUE JUDGMENT OF LIVING ARRANGEMENTS
AS MEMBERSOF THECATHOLICCHURCH TORESPOND TOTHISQUESTION OFSAME SEXMARRIAGES?
TWO ASPECTS OF MARRIAGE:PROCREATIVE ASPECT• Procreation is not just a biological function because humans do not just anonymously meet and mate and move on.• Procreation before conception.• Procreation continues after conception. (love, attention, education and guidance)UNITIVE ASPECT• A complementarity and union whose relationship transcends sexual differences
To allow same-sex marriage is to deny theinherent procreative nature of marriage and therefore change its very definition and essentially voids it.
Sexuality is not merelya matter ofbiology, nor is it simplya source of personalpleasure.
FAMILIARIS CONSORTIO by: John Paul IISexuality consists the inner mostbeing of the human person assuch. It is realized in a trulyhuman way only if it is an integralpart of the love by which a manand a woman commit themselvestotally to one another until death.
The law cannot require a marriedcouple to have children any morethan it can force them to love eachother or stay together for life.But, at the very least, the law canrequire that a marriage be modeledin accord with its inherentprocreative nature which means, ofcourse, a male and a female.
The potential for childrenjustifies additional civilrequirements, namely, thata couple be old enoughand not closely related.
G.D. SULLIVAN, S.S. asks thequestion: IF ONE ELIMINATES PROCREATION FROM THE BASIC DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE, ON WHAT LEGAL BASIS COULD ONE STOP THREE PEOPLE FROM GETTING MARRIED, OR A MOTHER AND A SON, ETC.?
SOCIETAL AND GOVERNMENTALCONCERNS HAS ITS ROOT IN THE BELIEF THAT MARRIAGE CONSTITUTES THE MOST BENEFICIAL ENVIRONMENT FOR RAISING THE NEXT GENERATION OF CITIZENS
IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TOJUSTIFY SPECIAL BENEFITS TO MARRIED COUPLES IFTHESE BENEFITS ARE SEEN FIRST AND FOREMOST AS BENEFITS TO THE SPOUSES THEMSELVES.
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH THE CHURCH AS A MOTHER KNOWS HOW TO PROVIDE FOR THE ANGUISH NEEDS OF HER CHILDREN NOT COMPROMISING THE SEVERITY AND INFLEXIBILITY OF HER DOCTRINES
MARRIAGE ISINDISSOLUBLE ABSOLUTE DIVORCE IS FORBIDDEN JUDICIALDECLARATION OF NULLITY
GENERAL GROUNDS ACCEPTED FORCATHOLIC MARRIAGE ANNULMENT LACK OF CANONICAL FORM LACK OF INTENTION LACK OF FITNESS THE GROUND OF NON- SACRAMENTALITY THE GROUND OF NON-CONSUMMATION
LACK OF INTENTIONPURPOSELY EXCLUDING THETHOUGHT OF MARRIAGE ORITS ESSENTIAL ASPECTSINTENTION IS NOT FULLYDELIBERATE
.• DELIBERATE LACK OF INTENTION . . TOTAL SIMULATION PARTIAL SIMULATION • EXCLUDING THE • REJECTING ANY IDEA OF OF THE MARRYING THE ESSENTIAL OTHER. ASPECTS OF • PLAYACTING MARRIAGE
• PARTIAL SIMULATION. (PROCREATIVE ASPECT) Plan to regard • Plan to abstain completely from genital coitus marital • Plan to engage in sex onlysex entails during the safe periods the when conception is unlikelyprevention • Plan to use contraceptives of or abortifacients childbirth
• PARTIAL SIMULATION. (UNITIVE ASPECT)Exclusion of unity aspect happens when eitherof the spouses has the idea of engaging insex, after the wedding, with third parties (old ornew; one or many; habitual or casually)It is not necessary that one contemplates furthermarriages to other partners but as long as hegoes through wedding with the plan ofcontinuing afterwards to have sex relations withothers.
• PARTIAL SIMULATION. (INDISSOLUBILITY ASPECT)Indissolubility aspect is excluded if eitherspouses reserves to himself the option toterminate the marriage relationship on anyfuture contingencies.The Church maintains that marriage is forlife, therefore people not committing themselvesto the permanent status of marriage with onepartner are not contracting validly.
ON CONDITIONAL CONSENT Conditions imposed if not satisfied can invalidate marriage.ON SILLY CONDITIONS The Church cannot interfere with your conditions but you must be dead serious about imposing it otherwise its not binding.
CONDITIONS REGARDING FUTUREEVENTS Certain event to take place • E.g. If the sun rises tomorrow. Certain event not to take place • E.g. if it will rain spaghetti. Sinful • E.g. If you kill your witch step-mother.
INDELIBERATE LACK OFINTENTION DOES NOT NO GENUINE SPONTANEOUSLYINVOLVEMENT DURING EXPRESSING YOUR WEDDING COMMITMENT• Absence of • Force awareness • Fear• Ignorance• Error• Insanity
. • Absence of awarenessSleepwalkingHypnotizedDead-drunkDruggedIn his/her Split PersonalityIt does not matter that a person had therequired intention before or after thewedding. If during the wedding he is notaware, his marriage is invalid.
IGNORANCELack of minimal knowledgePossession of the wrong info about CatholicMarriage• E.g. marriage is not a sacrament• E.g. marriage is for fun• E.g. marriage is for convenience• E.g. marriage is not for procreation• E.g. marriage is not for the mutual goodness of the spouses
ERROR IN REGARD TO THE PERSONMistaken identity (happens usually inmatchmaking or blind dating)Mistaken personality (one has becomefor you a different person from what hewas during courtship. This is tantamountto error about physical identity.)
Force FearGraveExtrinsicUnjustIn view of marriage
Can there be force and fearthat is just? If yes, does itmake sense?What is reverential fear? Canit be a ground for annulment?