MOVES to legalize same-sex marriage in the country are bound to fail, according to leaders of the Catholic Church.
Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, in his “Viewpoints” column at the website of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said such radical moves are nothing but an exercise in futility because they contradict the teachings of Christ and the law of nature.
Cruz noted that the Church only recognizes marriage between a man and a woman or between opposite sex.
“No Church and no Pope, no government and no president, no people of any race, color and creed can really change it. Why? Ground realities as categorically and concretely determined by nothing less than the law of nature are beyond denial or contradiction by any contrary human opinion, by any opposite human authority or legislation. Therefore: To think and affirm, to promote and proclaim that marriage is between a man and a man or between a woman and a woman–this is an excellent example of an exercise in futility,” the former CBCP president said.
“This is why the Pope himself teaches and affirms that marriage is between a man and a
woman. He has no alternative. This is why the Church in the Philippines and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines maintain and insist that marriage is between a man and a woman. They have no option. To even think, much more to assert and insist that marriage is not so—this can be done but is does not in any way change the nature or essence of marriage,” he added.
Cruz pointed out that like heterosexuals, homosexuals share the same intrinsic human dignity that should be respected by all.
While there are two persons of the same gender who live together, the prelate noted they do this on their own “personal accountability,” calling such set-up at best a “partnership,” a “venture,” a “contract,” an “agreement,” but not marriage.
Reacting to the recent legalization of gay marriage in Ireland, Bishop Jose Oliveros of Malolos (Bulacan) said the country has its own values tradition, and Constitution to follow.
“Just because Ireland approved same-sex marriage, it does not mean we have to follow. That’s simply [a]bandwagon mentality,” he added.
Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao (Quezon City) said the Church is against same-sex unions because it goes against God’s teachings on marriage.
Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo said nature itself is a strong enough argument against gay marriages.
“Same-sex marriage is against the natural law. On the part of the Catholic Church, such marriage is against our canon law,” he added.