Love and marriage, love and marriage
Go together like a horse and carriage
This I tell you brother
You can’t have one without the other

Love and marriage, love and marriage
It’s an institute you can’t disparage
Ask the local gentry
And they will say it’s elementary

Try, try, try to separate them
It’s an illusion
Try, try, try, and you will only come
To this conclusion

Love and marriage, love and marriage
Go together like a horse and carriage
Dad was told by mother
You can’t have one without the other

If that song, made famous by Frank Sinatra were to be written and sung today by a Catholic Frank Sinatra I would like to think that he would sing that marriage must be between a man and a woman and that you cannot change that without giving up marriage itself.

Bishop Robert Lynch is Bishop of Saint Petersburg in Florida.   Cardinal Bernardine was his mentor and chose him to be Associate General Secretary of the National Conference of Bishops.  Bishop Lynch is famous (infamous) for his support of the husband of Terri Schiavo in his efforts to have his wife killed by wife put to death by the withdrawal of nutrition and hydration.  It took Terri Schiavo several weeks to die a slow painful death of thirst and starvation.  Bishop Lynch is usually found on the left liberal side of any burning issue.  Not surprising, he got it wrong when he reacted to the recent Florida Supreme Court decision holding the States’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

Here is an analysis of Bishop Lynch’s statement on the Court’s decision by America’s foremost canonist, Dr. Edward Peters.

– Abyssum


Sine matrimonio, nullum Matrimonium

by Dr. Edward Peters

The first half of Bp. Robert Lynch’s column recent column  on “same-sex marriage” is, but for one point, thoroughly sound. As for the second half of his column, well, it rapidly descends into what Stuart Chase might call ‘blah-talk’, being rife with odd metaphors, analogous terms, and vague abstractions, all used as if common and clear understandings of such words were obvious. Which they aren’t. If one doesn’t know what Lynch is saying in the second half of his essay, speculation on what he means therein is not a good use of one’s time.

But returning to that troublesome point in the first half of the essay, Lynch notes the “challenges we in the Catholic Church face as we strive to preserve the traditional sacramental understanding of marriage even as the law now accommodates couples of the same sex.” See the problem?

Lynch writes as if the Catholic Church were concerned only to protect “the traditional sacramental understanding of marriage”, and not, as is actually case, marriage itself. But as I (and others) have noted many times (e.g., in my essay here), there is no sacrament of Matrimony that is not already a marriage. To fail in the effort to defend marriage—natural marriage, marriage [between a man and a woman – Abyssum] as entered into by all generations before us and indeed by most people around the world today—[EMPHASIS ADDED BY ABYSSUM] would not only be an unprecedented loss for Western civilization but it would inevitably be to fail in the effort to defend sacramental Matrimony. Sine matrimonio, nullum Matrimonium.

Don’t misunderstand me: of course the State cannot alter human nature and natural law so as to destroy marriage itself and it certainly cannot obliterate that sacrament called Matrimony which Christ built on marriage. But the State can, and with its allies in the global media seems committed to, so distorting marriage that citizens lose an adequate understanding of it and try to live their lives in accord with a counterfeit instead of the truth.

In opposing, then, civil manipulation of the definition of marriage, one is defending a fundamental human institution first and, only secondarily, an ecclesiastical one.


Dr. Edward Peters | January 8, 2015 at 10:33 am | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p25nov-OE

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I am a retired Roman Catholic Bishop, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas
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  1. glmcreations says:

    It takes families to raise a village; and it takes babies to raise a family. It takes holy families to raise a holy village. Guy McClung, San Antonio

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