(Quote) Rachel-731570 said:
That's what I'm finding, Gary, but I need short little bites I can use, one at a time, t...
(Quote) Rachel-731570 said:
That's what I'm finding, Gary, but I need short little bites I can use, one at a time, to lead to truth at the end. Spoonfeeding bit by bit may work. It's so difficult. And so important.
Unfortunately you're fighting an uphill battle, but that doesn't mean you should give up the fight. There has been an increasing shift in attitudes toward same-sex unions. The pendulum has shifted in their favor. Using the Catholic position on marriage isn't a sure winner any more. The typical response is that the Church must change with the times, which as we know is nonsense. It's true teachings cannot be altered or changed. We're facing a couple generations of ill-informed people (not only Catholics) which also doesn't help.
The move toward same-sex unions is largely based upon emotions and sympathy. Those who want to marry someone of the same gender sometimes have financial reasons in mind (estates, health insurance among them).
Sociologists have long regarded the family unit as the cornerstone of society. Family unit as defined by them consists of a man, woman, and possibly children. Society will cease to function if the birthrate declines. The US is nearing the danger point in this area. If the decline continues, there won't be enough younger people to support the older ones. I shudder to think what will happen to older folks then. Disposable comes to mind. So many elements are intertwined that it's difficult to be succinct about a single issue.
Catholics aren't the only religious institution to hold same-sex unions in disfavor. There are others, but with the media the way it is, the criticism is more often directed at the Church.
Another problem is semantics. Using the term "same-sex marriage" or "gay marriage" isn't correct. It comes down to actually re-defining marriage -- what it is and who is eligible.
Overall, mariage as an institution has lost respect. Consider the number of cohabitants shunning marriage, claiming it's "only a piece of paper". With that mentality, marriages are indeed in danger.
The Church has made great efforts to uphold the teachings of Jesus, who taught that sexual activity outside of marriage is wrong. This applies to all (gay, straights alike). No element of discrimination there.
The concept of the family, long rooted in tradition, is the means to give life when so blessed. Deviations from these teachings have led to the downfall of societies, Rome being an example. "Anything goes" will eventually translate into "everything went". By then it's too late.
There are reportedly studies (mentioned by Relevant Radio speakers) indicating that children in a traditional mother-father setting fare better. The specific studies were not mentioned. Offhand, it seems logical though.
Marriage involves the literal giving of one's self to the other. The biological differences between male and female are complimentary. Marriage involves more than love -- there is sacrifice, trust, permanancy, etc.
The Catholic concept of marriage upholds the dignity of the Sacrament for women, men, and children. No discrimination involved.
I don't think there is a magic sound-byte that will convince people otherwise. The issue involves an understanding of what marriage truly is. What we know is that the attempts to redefine what has existed for thousands of years cannot be for the betterment of society.