Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Gay marriage. Civil marriage. Meh.

So, the (as Martin Kelly terms it) soi-disant, ersatz Scottish Government will enact a law to allow same-sex couples to marry (in the legal sense of the word). You never saw this coming? Thought you could stop it? Whatever. It's here. So what does one do with it? The answer, I think, is that we treat anything other than sacramental marriage with utter indifference.

I would favour the Church petitioning the S-D ESG to remove its powers to solemnise marriage in Catholic churches. Catholics, if they wish to marry should follow the French pattern and visit the mairie to get the civil  registration and marry sacramentally afterwards in church as joyfully as possible - full High Mass, best fig, smartest vestments, bells pealing , preferably on another day.

But here's the rub: Catholics should be encouraged to make as little fuss as possible over the civil part: turn up casually dressed, say, with two witnesses who are random strangers. Stay just within the law, but treat the whole process with all the solemnity of applying for a tax disc. Because that's just how dignified civil marriage became last night in Scotland.


Blogger Ttony said...

Not a propos but welcome back. I suddenly resolved, at Mass a couple of hours ago, that your son and your family could have my next Novena (a bunch of us are banding together Novena-wise on Twitter) so DG for your return.

8:50 PM  
Blogger Martin said...

Ave, Paulinus!.

My own sartorial choice would be string vests, Doc Martens and See You Jimmy wigs, in the style of Russ Abbott.

10:13 PM  
Anonymous làm bằng đại học said...

I suddenly resolved, at Mass a couple of hours ago

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Ebomania (as was) said...

Thoughts not far from my own.

I would also ask if I could pay a parking fine and get it on the same receipt.

(Good to see you back. You've been missed).

9:21 PM  
Blogger Lynda said...

It's the state that recognises marriages solemnised in a religious rite. The Church does not recognise marriages solemnised before a state official, which only came into being in recent times.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Lynda said...

And by attempting to redefine marriage, the state is acting outside of its powers. Marriage is exclusive union of one man and one woman for life. Marriage has an objective natural reality that cannot change.

11:46 AM  

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