Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Holy Estate of Partnership

Glancing at the USA Today, I see on the top of Section D the following headline:

Sarandon, Robbins have separated

The story tells of the split between Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins. The first thing that caught my eye was the way the paper referred to the couple as "longtime companions." The second thing that grabbed my attention was the next sentence, which states that they were "partners" for 23 years.

This manner of language should strike us as out of wack. If it doesn't strike you that way, it's okay; this is what I'm here for, to let the normal people know when their culture is gone off the deep end. Referring to a couple of unmarried lovers as partners and as longtime companions is a not so subtle softening of the language, which simultaneously accomplishes a number of the goals of modern Western culture.

First, it is a denial of the essential goodness and necessity of marriage, so that couples can now cohabit with no feelings of guilt imposed on them by society. Another way we see this accomplished is when unmarried couples say that they are no longer "single." As if single simply means that one is not in a romantic relationship.

Second, it is an open gate to the complete legitimization of homosexuality. The pure and absolute love which Christ, and His Church, has for all men, straight and homosexual (and both are included within the Church as well), must be clearly expressed in lives of friendship and love, but also in the clear message that homosexuality is unnatural and not a legitimate option among other lifestyle options.

Third, it blurs the distinctions between the sexes, and is therefore a complete acquiescence to the Feminist Movement. America is becoming more and more feminized, as is modern marriage in general. Though there is truth in saying that spouses are partners, and companions, in today's confused feminist milieu we need to emphasize the distinctions within marriage. I am called by God, and bound by sacred vows, not to be Ruth's partner, nor her companion, nor her friend, but to love her in a special way, that is to say, as husband. That is my vocation.

Let the Church stand up once again, and bear strong witness to these truths in the face of a most formidable enemy, that is, a culture which appears more loving than the Church does, but which does not really, by its own resources, truly know the nature of love. For that we need the constant help of Love incarnate Himself, Whose birth in the flesh we now celebrate.

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