Scoot: Catholic League says marriage "not about love"
During an interview with CNN following the veto of the bill that became known as the “religious freedom” bill, Catholic League President Bill Donahue said that “Marriage is about family, it’s not about love.” Donahue also said, “Marriage has always been based historically on duty and commitment.” But what about love?
Regardless of your religion, haven’t you always been under the impression that marriage was about love? Why did you or will you get married? There is a legal bond to marriage, but isn’t it love that first leads us to that legal bond?
I am shocked that the President of the Catholic League would dismiss the importance of love in marriage at a time when the Catholic Church is fighting against the legal recognition of same-sex marriage.
Love is an intangible feeling that is difficult to define because it is different for each individual. Love could simply be defined as an attraction between two individuals that is based on an emotional and physical bond.
The Catholic Church argues that same-sex marriage is wrong in the eyes of God because the emotional and physical relationship between two people of the same sex is unnatural. But if marriage is based solely on “duty” and “commitment” and is a legal structure for maintaining a family without love as a factor – then where is the argument that same-sex marriage is wrong because of the physical bond of two people of the same sex?
For a top spokesman of the Catholic Church to denounce love as the primary reason people come together for the sacramental blessing of God in the marriage ceremony seems reckless and contrary to what the Church promotes about marriage.
Furthermore, if marriage is about the business of family, then why would couples who do not plan to have children or who are not biologically blessed with the ability to have children even get married?
And would the Catholic Church then approve of the love that brings two people together and the physical relationship that follows without the bond of marriage?
Catholic League President Bill Donahue has presented extreme, hard-core beliefs on behalf of the Church throughout his term as president, but this idea that love has nothing to do with marriage now ranks as one of the most outrageous statements he has presented.
Do you agree that marriage is not about love, but is about “duty” and “commitment?” And should other church official denounce the statement from the President of the Catholic League?
The disagreement that many will have over this new definition of marriage further demonstrates that you can be a Catholic and enjoy going to church without agreeing with all of the beliefs of those representing the Catholic Church.
Being a Catholic, a Christian or a member of any religion does not require that you believe everything those representing your religion espouse and those who have been quick to criticize many of us who have expressed disagreements over issues, should think about how they might disagree with Bill Donahue’s statement that “Marriage is about family, it’s not about love.”
If you believe that marriage is about love – then you disagree with Donahue, who represents the Catholic Church. Can you now recognize that sometimes mortal men make mistakes in representing your religion?