As I clicked around the Catholic blogosphere today, I found heartening signs of unity against one of the most pernicious moral issues of the day: the push to normalize homosexual behavior and force a change in the definition and understanding of the word "marriage."
Some examples follow, from:
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
The American Catholic
There are more posts out there, I'm sure, saying much the same things. The important point: we Catholics had better expect to be in the crosshairs of the New Tolerance.
After all, our Church teaches that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. She teaches that this is part of natural law, not just part of theology, although her theology of marriage takes this simple natural union and sanctifies it, showing it to be a powerful model of Christ and His Church as well as the vocation which can lead husbands and wives to grow together in holiness as they raise their children to know, love, and serve God.
There is only one kind of union which is marriage, though there are many that pretend to be. Some of them involve the cohabitation of men and women who are not married to each other; sometimes they are married to other people and can never marry each other. Other pretend marriages involve same-sex couples; still others involve groups of people who engage in sex acts with all of each other. None of these things are marriage, because none of them involve the mutuality, exclusivity, permanent commitment and ordering toward procreation which marriage must include to be a real marriage.
Our civil marriage laws are a joke, and have been since the advent of no-fault divorce. There simply can't be a "marriage" in the temporary "union" of a man and a woman who can split up at any time, for any reason, and when this split can be unilaterally ordered by only one of the parties to the marriage contract. That kind of "marriage" isn't a marriage: it's emotional blackmail.
But from being a mere bad joke that has harmed numerous families, especially innocent children, civil marriage is about to become a dangerous weapon in the hands of the secular totalitarians bent on crushing religion. It is one thing to give ordinary male-female couples the benefit of the doubt when they say they are married (something lay Catholics generally ought to do, since we are not qualified to be individual marriage tribunals deciding the validity of the marriages of strangers); it is quite another to be presented with two men or two women and told we must participate in the obvious lie that their union can in any way constitute a marriage. It simply can't, not in Catholic understanding. And Catholics shouldn't be forced to violate our faith in order to participate in a palpable lie just because the government orders us to.
Things are going to get more difficult from now on. As someone who has been writing about this issue for years now, I take no satisfaction whatsoever in having my worst pessimism about the state of our culture on issues like marriage justified to the full. But we Catholics do have to wake up and be ready to stand together, to lay aside such burning questions as whether the pope will wash women's feet on Holy Thursday or whether small financially insecure colleges have an absolute right to the E.F. Mass on campus in order to present a united front against the chill winds that are blowing. Those winds are from the future, and prognosticate a time when to be Catholic in America will involve being under open attack. Our ancestors experienced this here in America and in the countries from which many of them fled; our descendants may even have to choose the faith over the nation, and flee from America as well in order to retain the real freedom to practice our faith. The one thing we have to remember is that we are already standing in the crosshairs. Just being Catholic will be enough to get you questioned, in the coming days and years, about what kind of Catholic you are and whether you share your Church's "bigoted and intolerant" view of marriage. We'd better be prepared to give the answer that will resonate in the Kingdom instead of the one that might buy us a momentary and illusory semblance of peace.