Vatican Radio's prominent placement on its site of Pope Francis' remarks to Puerto Rican bishops. Amongst other things, the Holy Father told them to say "no" to gender ideology as it concerns the illicit redefining of marriage. This, of course, is the first comment on marriage the Holy Father himself has made since the Irish referendum redefining marriage in Ireland.
This is what His Holiness said as copied from the Vatican Radio story:
No to gender ideology, protecting the complementarity between men and women
The complementarity between a man and a woman is being questioned by
the so-called gender ideology in the name of a freer and more just
society, the Pope observes. In fact, he warns, the differences between
men and women are not a question of “opposition or subordination but
rather of communion and generation… always in the image and likeness of
God." Without mutual giving- he adds - neither can have an in-depth
understanding of the other.
My Comment: It is unfortunate that the Holy Father has to tell bishops of the Catholic Church to say no to gender ideology. Every Catholic should be saying yes to the Church's teachings not only about morality but also about the nature of marriage. And it isn't just about having an "in-depth understanding about the other" as though Catholicism is now reduced to simply a psychological or sociological reality. Our psychology and sociology will be just fine with or without gender ideology. But our salvation might suffer when we commit sin!
Actually, I don't think this is what the Holy Father said, as normally the Church states things in a more positive way when it comes to the truths of religion. We are a religion of "yes" not "no" meaning that we say yes to God, to God's truths found in Sacred Scripture and Tradition and yes to the salvation God offers us through our live in Him and His Church. When we way yes to God, we say yes to heaven. When we say no to God we say yes to hell.
Why should Catholics embrace the truths of God, not just that about marriage as important as it is, but even smaller things like not stealing paper clips from the office? Because in saying yes to God we say yes to life with God forever and in saying no to God we say no to God for ever. In other words, we tell God we prefer sin and hell to grace and heaven.
I'm not sure that same sex marriage will be the end of civilization. It will create a new social order to be sure. But I know of many homosexuals who are quite peaceful, very productive and contribute to the well-being of society. Sinners do that, no matter their sin preference.
To couch everything about sin in the context of what happens in the here and now misses the point I think.
Religious leaders like the pope need to couch all of our moral teachings within the context of the afterlife.
I will not shun people who are homosexual or have a civil marriage life together. I won't be in their face with placards telling them how wrong their gender ideology is.
I will teach my parishioners about the truth of marriage and ask them to say yes to God's design of marriage discovered by everyone in the world through natural law and made more explicit in Scripture and Sacred Tradition.
But the new normal as it concerns the way marriage is being corrupted will not bring an end to the world and it might not even make our lives more miserable. Gender ideology is simply gender ideology. Hell is hell and is more effective as a deterrent to sin than anything else I know.