Will the Catholic Church ever accept same-sex marriage?

One of my Facebook friends posted a couple posts today, saying basically that he believes the Catholic Church will accept same sex marriage by 2020. Here is what I wrote on one of those posts:

…I firmly believe that the issue of SSM is a manifestation of deeper misunderstandings about sex and marriage. Contraception is the linchpin for all of these issues. As long as the Church formally rejects contraception, the other teachings surrounding marriage will hold, at least in principle and among those who believe/understand. That is my belief, and so I am cautiously optimistic that the teachings will not change. I admit that I feel scared at times, since it is hard for me to fully believe that the Holy Spirit is protecting my Church, especially when there is so much confusion right now with Pope Francis; yet that is what she teaches and so I need to work in my unbelief! She is the Bride of Christ after all. I think of the steward of Gondor in the final Lord of the Rings film (I haven’t read the books). It doesn’t matter how horrible he might have been personally, his office is still valid as a placeholder for the king. I also think back to the Arian heresy, when most of the bishops went along with it. It must have been really hard and even scary at times for those few who held to the true teaching about Jesus. How did they know they were correct, since there were so many who held the opposing view? Yet the true teaching prevailed ultimately. That is where we are now, I believe, when it comes to marriage and sexuality.

The true teachings will prevail but that doesn’t mean things won’t get scary in the mean time.

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Author: everybodysdaughter

I'm an adult child of divorce, having been raised in multiple divorce/remarriage situations. I'm writing in order to shed light on the problems of divorce from the perspective of the child. I will also discuss problems with other non-triad family structures, since there is a lot of overlap. People often think that better parenting skills will overcome problems in non-triad arrangements. While I agree that parenting skills are important, they cannot overcome the problems I discuss such as fractured ontology and perpetual liminality. I converted to the Catholic faith in 2012, and will discuss Catholic things from time to time as well.

1 thought on “Will the Catholic Church ever accept same-sex marriage?”

  1. Hi EBD!

    No need to be “cautiously” optomistic – the Catholic Church will never change her teaching on gay “marriage”. Those who make that claim have no understanding of who the Church is, what she teaches, why she teaches it or how the Church works.

    She may shrink because people will abandon her over this (and other issues) but the true Church will not change her teaching on this. She cannot.

    The Church will endure all sorts of persecution, just as she has since the beginning, and we may all be called to become martyrs, but she will not change her doctrine.

    Thank God.

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