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Marriage simply is ...

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 Contents - Jul 2013AD2000 July 2013 - Buy a copy now
Homily: Saints John Fisher and Thomas More: from Pope Pius XI's canonisation homily
Cardinal Pell's candid responses to Victorian Parliament grilling - Peter Westmore
News: The Church Around the World
Youth: Melbourne's young adult ministry continues its revival - Br Barry Coldrey
Paul VI: Humanae Vitae: still prophetic after 45 years - Anne Lastman
Cardinal Ouellet's Australian lecture: rediscover human nature - Owen Vyner
Social media: Catholic activism and the AussieMite affair - Damian Wyld
Formation: Future priests learn about the RCIA process - Rev Dr Elio Capra SDB
Obituary: Vale Fr Paul Duffy SJ (1931-2013) - Anna Krohn
Human dignity: Defence of marriage must be linked to defence of parenthood - Denise Hunnell
Musicae Sacrae: The essential role of music in the Mass - Ronan Reilly
Parody?: Anti-Catholic hate speech, Aussie Style (Move on, nothing to see here) - R.J. Stove
Letters: Vision of Heaven? - Peter Harris
Letters: Mr Hyde's lesson - John Ballantyne
Letters: Healthy families vital - Brendan Keogh
Letters: Finding true unity - Didymus Astle
Letters: Matter of conscience - Arnold Jago
Letters: Marriage simply is ... - Brian A. Coman
Letters: Guilt-free sin - Paul Voskulen
Letters: Offensive advert - Helen F. Daniel
Letters: Contact your candidates - Gerard Calilhanna
Letters: Christian civil rights - Name and Address Supplied
Books: SAINTS WHO RAISED THE DEAD: True Stories of Four Hundred Resurrection Miracles - Br Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
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Reflection: Benedict XVI: Sts Peter and Paul, two pillars of the Church

One of the more profoundly disturbing features of the same-sex marriage debate is that we are having it at all and that ordinary standards seem to have degenerated to such an extent that a significant number of people have "bought the lie" that a homosexual union can somehow be equated with traditional marriage.

The unadulterated truth is that marriage is founded on the fact of our being male or female without which fact marriage would not have come into being in the first place. Without this fact marriage cannot exist either now or in the future, no matter what words our lawmakers choose to put into a civic law. The only way such a cosmic change can be brought about is, to use an analogy, for the Owner of the Intellectual Property Rights on Marriage to make it and so far as I am aware that change is not about to happen.

The absolute refusal of otherwise sensible people to accept the reality of traditional marriage perhaps explains why so many have capitulated so readily to the deceitfulness of the slogan "marriage equality."

Actually, the Commonwealth Marriage Act contains no discrimination whatsoever either on the grounds of sexual orientation or for that matter any other orientation. It simply differentiates between men and women; and that difference is the natural reality upon which marriage rests and which we, with all our angry foot-stamping, cannot change nor should we try.

What is being sought here is not "marriage equality" at all but special treatment for people who believe that the natural reality of traditional marriage should be changed to suit their own sexual orientation. Such a change can never happen no matter what words are inserted in the Marriage Act. Marriage is what it is and always will be.

Mordialloc, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 26 No 6 (July 2013), p. 16

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