Vatican: Attacks on Marriage a ‘Suicide of Humanity Itself’

Michael W. Chapman | November 21, 2014 | 5:57pm EST
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Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican. (AP)

(CNSNews.com) -- The ongoing attacks against marriage as the union of one man and one woman is “a kind of suicide of humanity itself,” especially in Europe and the United States, said Cardinal Gerhard Muller, who heads the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) at the Vatican, which is the Catholic Church’s Holy Office for promoting and defending the faith.

Cardinal Muller also explained that the complementarity between man and woman in marriage is a reflection of “the will of God in creation,” a “positive reality” designed to advance human life and social good.

“The way the family is undervalued or threatened in many places is akin to standing on a precipice; we must stop and not make that final step from which there is no return,” said Cardinal Muller.  “In attacks against marriage as a complementary union of man and woman, we are seeing a kind of suicide of humanity itself, especially in the secularized West — in Europe, the United States, North America.”

“The difference between man and woman is a positive reality because it reflects the will of God in creation, and the will of God is good and aimed at human flourishing!” he said.

The cardinal made his remarks in an interview with the National Catholic Register on Nov. 17, in relation to a three-day conference on the complementarity of man and woman in marriage sponsored by the CDF.

The inter-religious conference brought leaders from14 different faiths and denominations from 23 countries together to discuss marriage and why the marital union of one man and one woman is vital and must be defended, along with the family.

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The silent majority up to now didn’t understand what was happening in society or have been silenced by the use of the word ‘discrimination’ applied to those who want to defend the traditional family,” said Cardinal Muller.  “But we cannot say the basic relation of man and woman is only a cultural or social product, a ‘gift’ of a government or a construct of man, but it is, rather, a basis.”

“Similarly, personal dignity and freedom are not cultural and social products, but are written into our very nature as men and women created in God’s image, as is the existence of man and woman in matrimony,” he said.

The cardinal continued,  “Children, too, are not a product of society or only an object of the state, of government. Governments cannot supplant the primordial responsibility of parents for their children nor deny children their right to grow up with a mother and a father.”

As a matter of doctrine, the Catholic Church teaches that marriage is a lifelong, exclusive,  sacramental union between one man and one woman that is always open to the procreation of children.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “By its very nature the institution of marriage and married love is ordered to the procreation and education of the offspring and it is in them that it finds its crowning glory."

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“Children are the supreme gift of marriage and contribute greatly to the good of the parents themselves. God himself said: ‘It is not good that man should be alone,’ and ‘from the beginning [He] made them male and female’; wishing to associate them in a special way in his own creative work, God blessed man and woman with the words: ‘Be fruitful and multiply.’

“Hence, true married love and the whole structure of family life which results from it, without diminishment of the other ends of marriage, are directed to disposing the spouses to cooperate valiantly with the love of the Creator and Savior, who through them will increase and enrich his family from day to day. (1652)”

According to the homosexual advocacy group, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), gay “marriage” is now legal in the United States in 33 states and the District of Columbia. Like most gay advocacy groups, the HRC believes that homosexuals, as well as bisexuals and transgendered people should be allowed to marry and to adopt children.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 1.6 percent of American adults identify as homosexual, and only 0.7 percent say they are bisexual. 

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