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Catholic View - Marriage and Family

Because of recent developments in “Equal Rights Movements,” marriage has come into the spotlight playing out a moral tug of war with the idea of love and family. It is certainly not the first time in the history of western culture that moral battles have been fought constructed around religious views, equal rights, racism and/or ethnicity, egotism, or “redefinitions.” However, the Catholic Church has strived, despite internal divisions, to maintain a baseline construct for moral beliefs throughout its two thousand year history even when challenged by dissents from within.
In December 23, 1940 Albert Einstein was quoted in TIME Magazine as saying:
“Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler's campaign for suppressing truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom. I am forced thus to confess that what I once despised I now praise unreservedly.”
Intellectual truth and moral freedom are foundations for a functional and healthy society. Should each individual in society construct their own “truth” and their own idea of morality, both would be severely compromised. What gives the Church the right to establish what is truth and what is moral? What if a person is not religious – why should they be held to moral foundations set by a church to which they do not subscribe?
Albert Einstein was not a Catholic; he was raised in the Jewish faith but due to his scientific studies he eventually assented to the idea of “intelligent design” rather than a personal God. Why would Einstein, or any other non-religious, non-Christian individual, come to admire a belief system that wishes to intervene in liberal progress?
The bottom line, recognized by Einstein, is that not all “progress” is functional and healthy for the welfare of all humanity. Hitler was convinced (and was successful in convincing many others) that ethnic cleansing was a progressive and beneficial concept that would purify the superior race. Was Hitler’s idea an intellectual truth? Was it based on moral freedom? Einstein, and thousands who fought and gave their lives to suppress Hitler’s agenda, supported an idea of morality based on truths that benefit all of humanity, not just the perceptions of certain individuals.
Marriage and family, a unit founded on a concept intrinsically designed by the Creator, adheres to certain truths and morals that cannot be redefined to suit individual agendas. Marriage and family, according to God, is based on a mirrored image of God’s own love for his creation. The Diocese of Richmond will be instituting a God-based, faith-based program to clearly define (not redefine) marriage as a sacrament instituted by Christ “to evangelize in a particular way which shows the great beauty of the Catholic faith” (The Catholic Virginian -
Beginning September 1, “The new instruction seeks to address the needs of modern couples” for all couples wishing to get married. The Catholic view of marriage and family is based on the guidelines of a “Church [which] has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom.” Christ took the Church as his bride - a mirror image for us to love and cherish. Something rooted in God has no need for redefinition or reconstruction. Perhaps traditional marriage and traditional families have been challenged by too many individual freedoms already.

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