It looks like they may have already taken down the post that I am about to refer to     or it could just be a bad link. Either was I have a local copy via their syndication (RSS). The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, led by their anti-equality point man, Sal Cordileone, the Bishop of Oakland, has started a rather “interesting” series on their “Marriage Unique for a Reason” blog.

According to them,  being anti-choice and anti-equality are “intrinsically connected.” That’s probably true but it is their reasoning that is so odd:

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

“Redefining” marriage makes children secondary. If two persons of the same sex want children, the means used inevitably treat the child as a product in some fashion, whether through in vitro fertilization (IVF) (which normally results in the loss of prenatal life in embryo transfer or through “selective reduction,” that is, abortion) or through adoption that deprives the child of a mother or a father or both.

Silly me. I might want to know a few statistics to support my point of view. Their god may provide certainty but God does not provide wisdom. For that matter God doesn’t seem to be terribly interested in the details.

  • I don’t know what the ratio of male same-sex marriages in contrast to female same-sex marriages is     and neither do they. 
  • Neither I nor they have any statistics about lesbian couples using IVF to produce children. There are a few old episodes of Queen as Folk if that helps.
  • Moreover, neither they nor I know if same-sex marriage has any effect on the number of children being raised by gay couples.  Indeed, many same-sex marriages probably occur, at least in part, to protect the children already adopted by unmarried gay couples. 

Presumably, there are far more adoptions by gay couples than IVF procedures. In that regard, children adopted by same-sex couples:

  1. Have no mother and no father and;
  2. Are usually harder to place and;
  3. Fare as well as, or better than, children adopted by heterosexual couples according to the available published and peer reviewed scientific research.

Either way, whether through IVF or adoption, all of the children raised by same-sex couples are planned and wanted. That cannot be said for all children of heterosexual couples. While a religious zealot might find a tenuous connection between IVF and abortion (as those bishops “explain”), adoption is one of the most loving things imaginable. What could possibly be more life affirming than for two people to care for and love another couple’s child as their own?

The very idea that this would lead the couple to “treat the child as a product in some fashion” is outrageous and offensive to the many children who are adopted or conceived through IVF. It is offensive to the parents of those children as well.

All of this is irrelevant. The agenda of the bishops is clear; they want to stop marriage equality, no matter the cost. Critical thinkers test hypotheses and then draw conclusions based on the results of those tests. These celibates have already drawn a conclusion that marriage equality is bad. Through selective observation and tortured logic, they are coming up with tests that they think will support the preordained result.

Since it does look like this item was scrubbed (including a link from their home page), here it is in its entirety:

Yesterday, tens of thousands of people gathered in Washington D.C. (and other cities) for the annual March for Life. On the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion at all stages of gestation, participants peacefully walked and prayed for the victims of abortion and all mothers and fathers who have lost a child to abortion. As always, it was a day of sadness for the tremendous loss of life since Roe v. Wade, but also a day of hope. The smiling, joyful faces of so many people – especially young people! – are a sign of hope for the future, hope for building a culture of life.

Wait – why are we talking about abortion? Isn’t this a blog about marriage?

Yes. But life and marriage are intrinsically connected! The anniversary of Roe and the annual March for Life provide a fitting time to flesh out the connections between life and marriage, that is, between upholding the dignity of every human life from conception to natural death and upholding marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

In this new series, therefore, we’ll be posting reflections on why being pro-life means supporting marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

To start, here is a section from the “Made for Life” Resource Booklet (page 12) that explains the intrinsic connection between life and marriage.

 “Protecting Marriage Promotes a Culture of Life”:

At first glance, there might seem to be no connection between “marriage issues” and “life issues.” What does the protection of marriage as the union of one man and one woman have to do with being pro-life? Everything. The connection is the child. Every child is a gift. Marriage is the essential pro-child institution, and thus it is the essential pro-life institution. Children are meant to be welcomed into life as the gifts they are, and the loving union of a husband and a wife is the natural context that protects the child as a gift.

“Redefining” marriage makes children secondary. If two persons of the same sex want children, the means used inevitably treat the child as a product in some fashion, whether through in vitro fertilization (IVF) (which normally results in the loss of prenatal life in embryo transfer or through “selective reduction,” that is, abortion) or through adoption that deprives the child of a mother or a father or both.

Legalized abortion already threatens the existence of every child and disregards the sanctity and dignity of all human life. Regardless of the intention, the proposal to “redefine” marriage would be another drastic dismissal of the child, advancing the logic of the culture of death.

Stay tuned for more posts about the connection between life and marriage!

Next: Protecting marriage promotes a culture of life…because the body speaks a language of love AND fruitfulness

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.