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The Marriage Act: What is it, why our respect is needed?

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on October 31, 2008

What is marriage?  Is it merely a contract, an exchange of wedding bands, an agreement before a cleric or a judge to love, honor, and obey?  Heavens NO! But that’s what today’s Same-Sex agenda would love us all to believe.  Because if that’s really all marriage is, then why can’t individuals who are attracted to their same sex also be legally married?

A Brief Reminder: Marriage is… the wise institution of the Creator to realize in mankind His design of love… For baptized persons, moreover, marriage invests the dignity of a sacramental sign of grace, inasmuch as it represents the union of Christ and of the Church. (Eph 5:25-33)

So, remembering that Marriage comes from God because it was CREATED BY GOD, what is to follow should be a “no brainer”… at least that’s my hope.

Respect for the Nature and Purpose of the Marriage Act

11. These acts, by which husband and wife are united in chaste intimacy, and by means of which human life is transmitted, are, as the council recalled, “noble and worthy,” (GS§49c) and they do not cease to be lawful if, for causes independent of the will of husband and wife, they are foreseen to be infecund, since they always remain ordained towards expressing and consolidating their union.

In fact, as experience bears witness, not every conjugal act is followed by a new life. God has wisely disposed natural laws and rhythms of fecundity which, of themselves, cause a separation in the succession of births. Nonetheless the Church, calling men back to the observance of the norms of the natural law, as interpreted by its constant doctrine teaches that each and every marriage act (quilibet matrimonii usus) must remain open to the transmission of life.

Two Inseparable Aspects: Union and Procreation

12. That teaching, often set forth by the magisterium, is founded upon the inseparable connection, willed by God and unable to be broken by man on his own initiative,..

…between the two meanings of the conjugal act: 1) the unitive meaning and the 2) procreative meaning.

Indeed, by its intimate structure, the conjugal act, while most 1) closely uniting husband and wife,..

…capacitates them for the 2) generation of new lives, according to laws inscribed in the very being of man and of woman.

By safeguarding both these essential aspects, the unitive and the procreative,..

…the conjugal act preserves in its fullness the sense of true mutual love and its ordination towards man’s most high calling…

…TO PARENTHOOD. (emphasis added)

We believe that the men of our day are particularly capable of seizing the deeply reasonable and human character of this fundamental principle.

Faithfulness to God’s Design

13. It is in fact justly observed that a conjugal act imposed upon one’s partner without regard for his or her condition and lawful desires is not a true act of love, and therefore denies an exigency of right moral order in the relationships between husband and wife. Hence, one who reflects well must also recognize that a reciprocal act of love, which jeopardizes the responsibility to transmit life which God the Creator, according to particular laws, inserted therein, is in contradiction with the design constitutive of marriage, and with the will of the Author of life.

(In other words, use contraception, engage in an act of selfishness in fulfilling one’s own selfish desire for pleasure by not sharing completely oneself with the other.  Without that sharing, life will not have the 100% ability to come into existence as designed by God. Or Use Contracept to decept for your pleasure alone. )

To use this divine gift destroying, even if only partially, its meaning and its purpose is to contradict the nature both of man and of woman and of their most intimate relationship, and therefore it is to contradict also the plan of God and His will.

(Rest assured, you will be held accountable at the hour of your death – cf. Heb 9:27)

On the other hand, to make use of the gift of conjugal love while respecting the laws of the generative process means to acknowledge oneself not to be the arbiter of the sources of human life, but rather the minister of the design established by the Creator.

In fact, just as man does not have unlimited dominion over his body in general, so also, with particular reason, he has no such dominion over his generative faculties as such, because of their intrinsic ordination towards raising up life, of which God is the principle.

“Human life is sacred,” Pope John XXIII recalled; “from its very inception it reveals the creating hand of God.” (Cf. John XXIII, encyc. Mater et Magistra, in AAS LIII (1961), p. 447. )

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