On the occasion of the recently held Synod of Bishops convoked by Pope Francis to assist him in his papal ministry in favor of the people in general and particularly in pastoral service to the Christian Faithful in the Church, the phenomenon of individuals said to belong to the “Third Sex” and the consequent emergence of the issue of “Same Sex Marriage” came to fore. There were different expectations that were expressed. There are those who say that it is time that the Church accepts and counts the said marriage among her orthodox teachings and thus make the proper and due acceptance thereof as an integral part of her Catholic doctrine and pursuant observances. So it is that the Church will march with the signs and facts of the times.
As already said in so many words, in one way or another, the said Synod had pastoral agenda – not doctrinal matters. It was meant to know and emphasize how to reach out to people, saints and sinners alike, how to make the Church more understanding of and reconciliatory, not simply with virtuous but also erring individuals. And this is not really something surprising, considering that it is love – definitely not indifference, much less hatred – that the Church is formally and categorically committed to proclaim and promote. In fact, according to Christ Himself, there are only but Two Commandments that are the synthesis of the Ten: “Love God.”, “Love your neighbor.” It is certainly not “Love falsity.”, “Love lies.”, or the like.
At this juncture, it might not only be proper but also realistic to take good note of the standing truth that not even the Church – with all the authority and prerogative given by her own Founder, with all the wisdom and experience She has acquired for more than 2000 years and counting – may really and effectively change any provisions of Natural Law itself, much less any norm enacted by Divine Law. The truth is that not only the Church, but even the most powerful and wealthiest States the world over, can truly and actually change either the essence or the substantive consequences of Natural Law. The Law of Nature remains the same – notwithstanding all Church and/or Civil Legislation to the contrary. So it is that: It is the union of the man's sperm and the woman's egg that can bring about a human being. So it is too that it is the generative relationship of male and female animals that make about other animals of their own kind come to fore.
So it is that marriage is between a man and a woman, wherefrom the whole humanity came to fore from its very beginning up to the present time and the time yet to come. The Church and/or the State together may say, provide and do otherwise – but the objective reality remains. The Church and/or the State may enact a “Same Sex Marriage” doctrine and law respectively as much and as long as either of both of them want. But “Marriage” it is really not. It may be called the “Holy Union”, “Life Partnership”, “Love Unlimited”, or anything the like. But again, “Marriage” it is not in reality and in truth.
None of the above observations is made to insult the Church, to mock the State, to offend anyone. It is simply intended to tell the truth – without the least intention of belittling or insulting anyone in any way.