We all know that President Obama wanted to force Catholic institutions to provide insurance coverage for “women’s health” concerns to include contraception and abortion. Democrats for the most part want to see Catholic hospitals and clinics provide abortion services too. Usually this is tied to government regulations and money, which is really “our” money.
Now that the Supreme Court and Congress have codified a new understanding of civil marriage to include a variety of styles and genders binary or not, will a future Democrat president, or the current “Catholic” democrat president force Catholic parishes to provide same sex or non-binary weddings to those who request them?
I would not put it past these dictators of relevatism to do so.
Unless Pope Francis approves what His Holiness is hearing about some Catholics wanting a redefinition of the Church and her/its sacraments and allows for what the Culture is now dictating about marriage in deference to the “spirit” of the culture, what can the Church do to protect its “backward” thinking about marriage being exclusively between one biological man and one biological woman and until death do they part?
We need to get out of being an agent for the State when it comes to the legal or civil aspect of marriage.
No longer would priests be allowed to be both the religious and civil celebrant or presider of Marriage.
But since the Church requires legal recognition of the Sacrament of Marriage, what would be required is that a Catholic desiring a wedding in the Church would need to go to a civil official not only for the civil marriage license, but also for that official to ratify the state’s requirement for a legal marriage, such as a Justice of the Peace kind of “wedding.”
In other words, no representative of the Church signs the civil marriage license, only the state’s representative does sp.
Then, with the civil marriage certificate signed only by the court’s representative, the Catholic can have that civil marriage “sacramentalized” in a Church wedding.
What the priest or deacon does is only religious with no civil or “State” legalities.