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A note on language: Why doesn’t this website use the terms “same-sex marriage” or “gay marriage”?

The terms “same-sex marriage” and “gay marriage” beg the question: What is marriage? Is it even possible for two persons of the same sex to be married? Using the terms “same-sex marriage” and “gay marriage” already presupposes (wrongly) that marriage comes in a variety of forms: “same-sex,” “opposite-sex,” “homosexual,” “heterosexual,” and so forth.

Put another way, the sexual difference and complementarity of husband and wife is not something that is added to a pre-existing thing called “marriage,” like you might add sprinkles to a sundae. Instead, male-female complementarity is at the very heart of marriage and part of its authentic definition. Marriage wouldn’t be marriage without a man and a woman, a husband and a wife. This is why adding alternative adjectives to the word “marriage” (“same-sex,” “gay,” and so on) produces not another “variety” of marriage, but a different thing entirely. It radically alters what marriage is in its very essence.

In contrast, the goal of the Marriage: Unique for a Reason website is to explain and illuminate the singular reality that the word “marriage” refers to: the faithful, fruitful, lifelong union of one man and one woman. A reality, you might say, without any adjectives. In the end, what’s at stake is precisely the authentic meaning of marriage. We invite you to explore the resources available on this website to understand why marriage is and can only be the union of one man and one woman.


1 posted on 01/18/2013 8:12:58 PM PST by Salvation
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ABOUT THE ART

Saints Joachim and Anne are the father and mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary is the fruit of their marriage. By a singular grace of God in view of the merits of Jesus, she was preserved from all stain of Original Sin from the moment of her conception. Thus it is in the context of married life and conjugal love that Mary is prepared to receive the Divine Logos, the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord. Jesus is the Logos, the “Reason” at the heart of all reason and truth, including the truth of marriage. The marriage between Joachim and Anne is a significant witness to why marriage is “unique for a reason.”


2 posted on 01/18/2013 8:13:46 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Good for Archbishop Cordileone! It’s great to see a prominent member of the Catholic clergy being forthright and unapologetic about the Church’s teaching on marriage. This is especially true for him, because he’s in San Francisco!


7 posted on 01/18/2013 8:40:57 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Salvation

You just explained the Marxist tactic of destroying the meaning of words. They do it all the time-—destroy the language and no one can really debate the issues.

They did it with “Liberalism”, with “Right” and “Left” (Nazis were Leftists).

That is what made Socrates so great-—he always defined the words.

We have allowed the Leftists to control the language. You control the language and you shape perceptions-—it is why so many young people accept “homosexual “ marriage-—they have heard that term “over and over and over” not just in school—but on a lot of TV shows.

They don’t “think” critically about sodomy—they can’t after so much indoctrination. They use “emotion” to NOT think-—in deciding Right and Wrong.

We need to get the Truth out.


12 posted on 01/18/2013 11:26:39 PM PST by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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