07/01/11-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
A recent column at the Huffington Post delved into the history of Christian marriage, and pointed out that it was not until the Christian hierarchy began working towards consolidating power that marriage became a religious institution. In reality, the Biblical backing for religious marriage is negligible, but then again, so is the condemnation of homosexuality in the Bible. Still, the lack of Biblical support is not stopping people, including Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas j. Tobin of Rhode Island.
In response to the passage of civil unions in that state, Tobin told the Providence Journal:
“Because civil unions promote an unacceptable lifestyle, undermine the faith of the Church on holy matrimony and cause scandal and confusion, Catholics may not participate in civil unions. To do so is a very grave violation of the moral law and, thus, seriously sinful. A civil union can never be accepted as a legitimate alternative to matrimony.”
He also called civil unions a mockery of marriage, and he is right on that score. Civil unions have been shown time and time again to be poor shadows of marriage no matter how many rights are attached to them, but where he fails is in the idea that his morality is not universal. It has also been shown that when homosexuality is accepted, it bolsters marriage, and makes for healthier children in the long run. This leads to a healthier society.
For Tobin and many in the Roman Catholic hierarchy, the real problem is their own draconian view of faith. By trying to force others to live up to inhuman and destructive standards that include this idea that sex is for procreation instead of for emotional bonding as well, it is, actually, their own application of religion that is sickening society.