Presumably Matt Birk, the Baltimore Ravens’ center, is a bright guy. He is, after all, a Harvard graduate. While he opposes marriage equality due to his deep faith in Catholicism, he recites the talking point incorrectly. Usually, we are told that the purpose of marriage is for creating children
The major misconception is that marriage is anything you want it to be,
rather than the lifelong union of a man and a woman for the purpose of
raising children. That’s what it has been for all of recorded history
and what it continues to be today, regardless of what some people think.
One of the things I’ve learned from the Catholic faith that applies to
marriage, football and any other aspect of life is to appreciate
discipline. On the surface, self-indulgence appears best for us, but
that route only weakens us and leaves us unhappy. Self-denial appears to
be worst for us, but that route strengthens us and makes us truly
Jesus said if anyone would be his follower he or she must deny
themselves, take up his or her cross and follow him. The way of the
cross is the only way to be a true Christian, and it’s really the only
way to get anything worthwhile done.