After a successful series of marriage equality initiatives across the US – Maine, Maryland, and Washington State – the Vatican spent the weekend reminding folks of the dangers associated with supporting basic human rights.
In an editorial that contains as many run-on sentences as offensive statements, Vatican Media boss Father Federico Lombardi said the push toward accepting same-sex marriage was erasing the “privileged legal nature” of traditional marriage.
Lombardi, wearing traditional black, grey, and white – via news.va
Lombardi calls out the international embrace of marriage equality as well – France, Spain, and Germany are among the list.
“It is therefore clear that in western countries there is a widespread tendency to modify the classic vision of marriage between a man and woman, or rather to try to give it up…”
Lombardi asks whether these pushes are really the “feelings of the people” and says that such “logic of it cannot have a far-sighted outlook for the common good.”
All US measures dealing with same-sex marriage were in fact the result of a popular vote – very much a way to interpret the feelings of the people.
Lombardi, perhaps in a moment of divine realization, acknowledges open discrimination of LGBT folks should be avoided, though he says there are other ways not to discriminate–just make sure basic human rights aren’t on the list.
And just as God closes a door, he opens a window. And Lombardi editorially jumps out of that window:
“In short, preserving a vision of the human person and of human relationships where there is a public acknowledgement of monogamous marriage between a man and woman is an achievement of civilisation. If not, why not contemplate also freely chosen polygamy and, of course, not to discriminate, polyandry?”
Lombardi also restated the unfounded claim that children are better raised in a different sex-parent structure, an argument with as much scientific merit as the Old Testament.
I think the moment we started making television shows that are filmed in two months and end in marriage, the concept of marriage being an “achievement of civilization” is ready to be retired.