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Pope Argues For Marriage Equality

Okay, not really. But as Alex Ross points out, the pope’s Christmas homily about the importance of the family unwittingly makes a powerful argument in favor of marriage equality — which is what always happens when people begin waxing eloquent about how wonderful marriage is for the people involved. The pope said:

…The question of the family is not just about a particular social construct, but about man himself—about what he is and what it takes to be authentically human. The challenges involved are manifold. First of all there is the question of the human capacity to make a commitment or to avoid commitment. Can one bind oneself for a lifetime? Does this correspond to man’s nature? Does it not contradict his freedom and the scope of his self-realization? Does man become himself by living for himself alone and only entering into relationships with others when he can break them off again at any time? Is lifelong commitment antithetical to freedom? Is commitment also worth suffering for? Man’s refusal to make any commitment—which is becoming increasingly widespread as a result of a false understanding of freedom and self-realization as well as the desire to escape suffering—means that man remains closed in on himself and keeps his “I” ultimately for himself, without really rising above it. Yet only in self-giving does man find himself, and only by opening himself to the other, to others, to children, to the family, only by letting himself be changed through suffering, does he discover the breadth of his humanity.

The inevitable and obvious question: why doesn’t this apply to gay people? If making lifelong commitments is so profoundly good for us as individuals and for humanity in general, why does this magically not apply to gay people who want to make such a commitment? Because this is all a bunch of bullshit, a pretext for bigotry and discrimination.

Comments

  1. steve oberski says

    Does man become himself by living for himself alone and only entering into relationships with others when he can break them off again at any time?

    A perfect description of the supposedly celibate rcc priest/shaman class.

    Take an emotionally immature young man and after years of indoctrination you have an emotionally immature older man completely incapable of forming any sort of personal relationship.

    Then move them around willy-nilly on the small chance that those of them that were not damaged enough by this abusive process will be yanked out of any possible humanizing relationship.

    And then after working so hard to achieve this toxic environment, vehemently deny that it has any bearing on the preponderance of rcc priests to exploit the multitude of interpersonal power imbalances made available to them that result in the abuse of children.

  2. says

    Sadly, someone who holds the views the pope espouses would have an easy (if glib and ignoring important issues) answer to your question. They would say something like, ‘Of course this applies to gay people. They simply need to ask God to help them overcome their ‘perversion’ and then they can make these relationships and connections in the ‘proper’ way.’

  3. dingojack says

    So the Pope thinks that his fellow priests and himself (along with all the other single men) are ‘not authentically human’. So what are we Ratty, untermenschen?
    Dingo

  4. Michael Heath says

    Sarah Rice writes:

    Sadly, someone who holds the views the pope espouses would have an easy (if glib and ignoring important issues) answer to your question. They would say something like, ‘Of course this applies to gay people. They simply need to ask God to help them overcome their ‘perversion’ and then they can make these relationships and connections in the ‘proper’ way.’

    You could respond by asking if they’d like to see one of their children marry a person who supposedly was “healed” from their “affliction”.

    Of course that response would most likely elicit, “No more than marrying a person who once abused drugs or alcohol.”.; consistent with how so many conservative Christians avoid making arguments about sexual identification and instead do a red herring analogy to people who abuse or once abused drug sand/or alcohol, e.g., Rick Warren.

  5. anubisprime says

    Benny has shot himself firmly in the foot there methinks.

    How the fuck can they be so clueless, they must work to perfect that cognitive dissonance very hard not to see that screed is a direct condemnation of his own priests as well as himself…how thick must you be to not even realize it?

  6. cjcolucci says

    As an old Italian uncle of mine used to say: “He no play-a the game,. he no make-a the rules.”

  7. timberwoof says

    The Bishop of Rome uttered, “Man’s refusal to make any commitment which is becoming increasingly widespread as a result of … the desire to escape suffering …”

    This is total adulterated, obfuscated nonsense! Of course people desire to escape suffering. That’s what his whole foolish religion is all about: saying magic words that will guarantee that one escapes eternal divine suffering. And people do make commitments in an effort to escape suffering. Sometimes they are foolish commitments, such as buying a car that promises happiness, or marrying someone in the hopes that it will turn one straight, but people do devote their lives to making themselves and others happier. I don’t see what’s wrong with trying to escape suffering. (Well, sometimes, you have to put up with some pain now to avoid greater pain later on … but we call that making a commitment.)

    The Bishop of Rome uttered on, “… only by letting himself be changed through suffering does he discover the breadth of his humanity.” That sounds like an endorsement of consensual BDSM.

  8. Reginald Selkirk says

    Yet only in self-giving does man find himself

    NEWS FLASH: Pope promotes Onanism

    , and only by opening himself to the other, to others, to children, to the family…

    FOLLOWUP: Pope promotes child molestation, incest

  9. Thorne says

    Why does he equate marriage with suffering? I thought the basic premise was that being single was suffering, and marriage was the cure. I mean, I’ve been married for over 40 years and….

    Well, even a blind pig, etc.

  10. maddog1129 says

    @ Thorne #10

    Reminds me of an Abbott and Costello schtick:

    “There are three rings in marriage:
    Engagement ring
    Wedding ring
    Suffer-ring”

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