Amid the usual amount of controversy one comes to expect from awards shows, this year's Grammy Awards has kicked it up by jumping full steam into the "gay marriage" debate. After what E! Online referred to as "actual witchcraft during Katy Perry's #Grammys performance", Queen Latifah (who was assisted by the likes of Madonna and Macklemore) presided over a civil union ceremony for dozens of couples during the awards show. This was done as a show of solidarity among young, old, inter-racial, and same-sex couples in an attempt to demonstrate equality among all those forms of marriage. Unfortunately, same-sex "marriage" fails where these other forms do not: the very definition of marriage itself.
It has long been acknowledged (and until recently, accepted) that marriage between one man and one woman is not just a traditional, historical definition of marriage, but it is also the building block of society. The heterosexual union, codified by religion and the state, has been the core to providing stability to societies, cultures, and nations by providing a contract (or covenant) where one or both partners can feel safe in combining provisions for the family while creating and raising the children of that union. This two-fold purpose of marriage was most publicly declared in the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (the so-called "birth control encyclical"), but it has been constant Church teaching since at least the wedding feast at Cana (and before that in the Torah).
Now that so-called "traditional marriage" (a.k.a., marriage) is under attack, the Church has not wavered in its doctrine... although the efficiency of how this doctrine is promulgated leaves much to be desired in most quarters. Although there are some bishops (e.g., Bishop Paprocki of Illinois - see video above) are willing to speak and act publicly against this latest error of modernism, progressivism, and relativism, many bishops (e.g., Cardinal Dolan of New York) are more prone to admit failings of leadership and "getting ahead of the culture" on this issue... and then have no follow-up plan to get people back to the true understanding of marriage.
This lack of effective leadership leaves many priests (and therefore their parishioners) confused and at a loss as to how to handle challenges to Church doctrine - not just in the culture, but even with the Church walls! When faced with challenges during a sacrament of the Church, many priests don't know the proper course of action to take. Some priests - for example, when a practicing lesbian tries to receive the Eucharist at a funeral - attempt to enforce Canon Law (which prohibits those who are conscious of grave sin from receiving Holy Communion), only to be punished by their bishop. Other priests - for example at a Baptism where a lesbian couple want to be "godmother and godmother" to the child (a violation of Canon Law 873 and 874) - choose to be non-confrontational and try to come up with a workaround like "they're not really 'godmother and godmother', but rather 'godmother and Christian witness'".
Both of these result in confusion in the rank-and-file parishioners. Evidence of the results of this confusion: at this year's March for Life in Washington, D.C. - where one would assume the most devout, faithful, and well-instructed Catholics would be in highest attendance - interviews were conducted that showed at least a third of the participants who thought abortion is wrong thought there was nothing wrong with homosexuality or gay marriage.
It is shameful to think that Madonna and Queen Latifah hold more sway over the minds and opinions of Catholics than does the life-long teaching of Holy Mother Church. Unless the bishops get their act together, we will see 40+ years of marches against gay marriage just as we do against abortion - all the while, souls are being trapped and thrown into hell, where nobody will be having "a gay old time".