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Same-Sex Marriage in the Roman Catholic Church Approved

Is there something the Church is not telling us?

By Fred Aloysius WeedorPublished 4 months ago 3 min read
Same-Sex Marriage in the Roman Catholic Church Approved
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On May 17, 2021, President of the Republic of Ireland Michael D. Higgins signed legislation allowing same-sex couples to adopt children into law. The law also calls for the legal parenthood of donor-conceived children to be recognized, as well as the creation of a national donor-conceived person registry. Many have praised the measure, known as the Children and Family Relationships Act, as a long-overdue move toward equity and justice for all families. The Catholic Church, on the other hand, has voiced alarm about the new law's influence on its doctrines and practices.

The Catholic Church has traditionally argued that marriage is a sacrament between a man and a woman and that the family is the cornerstone of society. The Church has also traditionally preached that children are best reared in a household with a mother and a father. In recent years, the Church has been loud in its opposition to same-sex marriage and adoption, believing that they weaken the essential fabric of the family and are antithetical to the natural law.

The Catholic Church has expressed mixed feelings over the signing of the Children and Family Relationships Act. Others have voiced fear that the new law may compel the church to compromise its doctrines and practices. One of the Church's biggest fears is that the new rule would force Catholic adoption organizations to place children with same-sex couples. This might put Catholic organizations in a tough situation, forcing them to choose between upholding the law and their religious views. Some have stated that rather than compromising their ideals, Catholic organizations may choose to shut down.

Another fear expressed by the church is that the new law would erode traditional views of marriage and the family. Marriage, according to the Church, is a sacrament between a man and a woman, and the family is the cornerstone of society. The Church claims that legalizing same-sex marriage and adoption contradicts this concept and may lead to the dissolution of the family unit. Despite these reservations, other church leaders have taken a more conciliatory stance, stating that the church should focus on assisting all families, regardless of their makeup.

Pope Francis has been outspoken about his support for the family in all of its forms, and he has urged the Church to be more accepting and inclusive. The passage of the Children and Family Relationships Act is only one of many modern-day issues facing the Catholic Church. As society grows more varied and inclusive, the church must discover new ways to engage and assist all members of its community. This will require a desire to listen to and learn from others, as well as a dedication to embodying the ideals of compassion, justice, and love. The influence of the Children and Family Relationships Act on the Catholic Church will ultimately be determined by how the Church responds.

If the church is ready to engage in discourse and find common ground with people who hold opposing perspectives, a path ahead that respects the rights and dignity of all families may be achievable. However, if the church takes a defensive stance, it risks further isolating itself from the larger society and losing relevance in the modern world. Finally, the signing of the Children and Family Relationships Act has generated serious concerns regarding the Catholic Church's doctrines and actions. While the Church has voiced alarm about the new law's influence on its teachings, some have taken a more conciliatory stance.

I have many questions that I need answered, including whether the Catholic Church should allow same-sex marriage. Is it God's wish for people of the same gender to marry?

Does this suggest that the Catholic Church is no longer on the same road it once was?

What are your thoughts? Please give your feedback in the comments section below.

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Fred Aloysius Weedor

Fred Aloysius Weedor is a 35-year-old motivational teacher, life coach & teacher of God's word. He's passionate about empowering people. He's a sought-after speaker, author & mentor, known for his compassionate & empathetic approach.

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