Catholic Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski Pens Letter on Gay Marriage, Wonders Why Marriage Should Be Limited to Two People

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Archbishop Thomas Wenski grew up in Lake Worth and went on to become the head of the Catholic Church in South Florida; his archdiocese covers Broward, Monroe and Miami-Dade counties.

As the battle heats up over gay marriage, Wenski has penned a letter outlining the modern Catholic stance on gays. He notes that the church no longer punishes two people for what they do in the sack, but maintains that homosexual acts are "gravely sinful" although homosexual thoughts are not. A person should learn to "govern his passions," he says, in language suggesting he might have peeped a few Spanish-language telenovelas while down in the 305.

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In an interesting take, Wenski quotes Abraham Lincoln, wonders how many legs a cow has, and of course, fear-mongers (if you open marriage up to two gays, why not three or four or ten of them?). He posits that marriage is not a right for everyone, but rather a reward for two people who make a baby and stay together. He argues that restricting marriage to a man and a woman does not infringe on gays any more than it infringes on unmarried straight people.

Hm. Your turn, LGBTs.
Here is the letter:

If you call a tail a leg, then how many legs does a cow have? Four, because calling a tail a leg doesn't make it one." So said Abraham Lincoln thus showing a greater grasp of the reality of things than many in our culture today including not a few Harvard law school graduates and possibly even a majority of the Supreme Court should they decide to overturn DOMA and California's Proposition 8 and thus effectively impose "same sex marriage" on the nation.
"Same sex marriage" has been advanced as a cause for equality -- by providing the benefits to homosexual couples that have been afforded historically to married heterosexual couples. Not to give these benefits is alleged to be discriminatory. Of course, as fair minded citizens we do hold that no one should be denied a job or a house; no one should be subjected to harassment or bullying because of one's apparent sexual orientation. We should oppose any and all unjust discrimination. But, that the state recognizes and favors the marriage of one man and one woman as a natural fact rooted in procreation and sexual difference is in no way unjust to homosexual couples any more than it is unjust to heterosexual couples who cohabitate without the legal benefits and protections of a civil marriage. The state has long provided benefits and concessions to encourage or reward behaviors that serve the common good of all. For example, businesses regularly receive tax breaks if they create more jobs in a particular area; and, returning veterans receive benefits that those who did not serve do not. The state in historically recognizing the traditional understanding of the institution of marriage as a union of one man and one woman does so to encourage and support, as social policy, heterosexual marriages because such marriages best provide the optimal conditions for the raising of future generations of its citizens. And all honest social research as well as anecdotal evidence shows that children are "hard-wired" to be best raised by a mother and father who are married to each other. To state this fact is in no way to wish to disparage those parents and often grandparents who at great sacrifice raise children in alternative situations. They need and deserve our support. But, for millennia, marriage between one man and one woman has been promoting what the social scientists call "kin altruism"; it other words, it's about what's best for children. Only in the marriage of a man and a woman can "two become one flesh" (cf. Genesis 2: 24) and thus create a conjugal society - or family - which provides that the individuals who give life to children should be the ones to raise them in a bonded and enduring relationship.

The push for so called same sex marriage, if it prevails, will fundamentally change this- and in doing so will open a Pandora's Box of unforeseen and, to be sure, unintended consequences - as the more permissive no-fault divorce legislation did some 40 years ago. Rather than see the institution of marriage as expressive of the complementarity of sexual difference between a man and a woman ordered for the raising of children the proponents of so-called same sex marriage would now redefine marriage for all as existing solely for the gratification of two (and why just two?) consenting adults.

The Catholic Church teaches that while homosexual acts are gravely sinful also holds that having same sex attractions in itself is not. The Church calls both homosexuals and heterosexuals to chastity, the virtue through which a person learns to govern his passions rather than being dominated by them.

But, certainly society can - and in recent years has come to - tolerate what consenting adults may do in the privacy of their bedrooms. It is no longer seen as the purview of the state to punish what used to be called fornication and sodomy. But neither should the state involve itself in redefining marriage.

As an institution marriage precedes both Church and State - while both within their proper spheres can certainly regulate marriage, neither has the authority to create the meaning of marriage. That meaning is found in the reality of things, the reality of the created order, The Supreme Court Justices would do well do remember Lincoln's aphorism - even if you call a tail a leg, it'll still be a tail. Calling the mutual sexual gratification of same sex couples "marriage" won't make it so either.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski
Archbishop of Miami

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Nothin for nothin but I truly feel the majority of people including Catholics dont really care who you share your bed with. When they start to care is when they watch thier freedoms, their prosperity and their Rights being flushed down the proverbial toilet in favor of those whose lifestyles are diametrically in opposition of their own. Another words I think they are forced into a battle they really didnt want to engage in. Therein lies the resistance and backlash. Special interest groups (any group) have an uncnny ability to have dismal timing. I notice that with the athiest and the Gays. When society is healthy and prosperous they tend to be more generous.

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if the CHURCH is such an expert why doesn't it get to the bottom of ALL the sexual preditor claims and EXPOSE the truth in each of those events ?

it's interjecting in abortion and gay marriage and all other avenues of individuals lives; WHY NOT use the same resources and go see what each and every individual claimant of sexual harrassment and molestation affirms and GO AND find those responsible and turn them over for criminal prosecution as well as calculate the value due to those harmed and PAY IT ?

the CHURCH wants to fix every other WRONG = so why not let it start with its OWN moral ethical and legal obligations it owes to those IT WRONGed ?

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if you ever get to read WOLF HALL among many many books involving CLERGY you will see from a fictional historical perspective just how leacherous and greedy and hateful those of the cloth can be ALL the while knowing they are shielded by the authority of the CHURCH

i'm NOT blaming wenski in particular and yes many many people find comfort in religion BUT when will these people realize the BEST examples are by actually DOING RIGHT and not just preaching

if the catholic church EVER comes forward and confesses ITS SINs people would flock back to embrace it and newly support it and protect it going forward BUT as it is the CHURCH more resembles a criminal enterprise squirming to avoid prosecution and the mounting legal liabilities and ethical obligations from the sexual predidation of its higher ups and those covering up the actual crimes against the weakest children

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