Wednesday, 6 February 2013
Can Catholics in full conscience enter into a State-recognised marriage?
[r/p after last night's debacle]
As the new 'civil marriage' - after 'equality legislation tweaking' will ultimately become a universalised civil partnership which will no longer acknowledge any mandatory unifying aspect or consummation [or even fidelity or the possibility of adultery- let alone cohabitation and child-rearing]]
This means that the Church is now irreconcilably alienated from the civil marriage phenomenon and will have little choice other than to remove itself from the process:
The Sacramental Nuptial mass will have to singly retain the promises and obligations of marriage that the civil marriage has now lost...
Now this implies that we follow the two separate ceremony process that occurs in other countries [France, Canada , India etc]
Our new civil marriage is nothing remotely akin to any other country's civil marriage process - all of which retain unifying/co-responsibility obligations...ours doesn't!
So now we have the problem:
This 'new civil marriage" will invalidate all marriages between baptised non-Catholics [previously they were canonically valid as they made unifying promises and had consummation [i.e. they did as the Church does]]
...and will universally promote the 'living in sin' of all who participate within it - as well as giving equanimity to same-sex couples...
...these are enough grounds to consider this 'new civil marriage' an intrinsically unjust law...
...but Evangelium Vitae 73.2
In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is therefore never licit to obey it, or to "take part in a propaganda campaign in favour of such a law, or vote for it".
& the Considerations
When legislation in favour of the recognition of homosexual unions is already in force, the Catholic politician must oppose it in the ways that are possible for him and make his opposition known; it is his duty to witness to the truth. If it is not possible to repeal such a law completely, the Catholic politician, recalling the indications contained in the Encyclical Letter Evangelium vitae, “could licitly support proposals aimed at limiting the harm done by such a law and at lessening its negative consequences at the level of general opinion and public morality”, on condition that his “absolute personal opposition” to such laws was clear and well known and that the danger of scandal was avoided.(18) This does not mean that a more restrictive law in this area could be considered just or even acceptable; rather, it is a question of the legitimate and dutiful attempt to obtain at least the partial repeal of an unjust law when its total abrogation is not possible at the moment.
Tell us that it is forbidden to perform formal or proximate material co-operation with an intrinsically unjust law
So here's the $64,000 question:
Will Catholics be forbidden from going through a 'new civil marriage' ceremony?
And thus have no legal recognition of being married?
And have none of its protection and provisions?
Will Catholics solely be allowed to marry in Church and be forbidden from being legally recognised as legally married by the State because they cannot sign a 'new civil marriage' contract?
Because it would be co-operation with an intrinsically unjust law?
So far I haven't received any reassuring response that this isn't the case...