MAKATI City, May 29, 2015—Amid calls to “do an Ireland” and recognize same-sex “marriage” in the country, the head of the Church’s matrimonial tribunal reasserted that such a radical move is going against what Nature—let alone God—had intended for humans.
Not Adam and Steve
“We can never deny the fact that marriage is between a man and a woman. It is the natural law. It is not between Adam and Adam nor between Eve and Eve,” said retired Lingayen-Dagupan Bishop Oscar V. Cruz in a recent interview on TV Maria’s “Know The Truth” show.
Comparing marriage with the natural pull of gravity, the former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) explained that no amount of legislation in the world can stop it from making things fall down.
“Walang mabigat na hindi lalagpak (All things must necessarily fall),” he added in Filipino.
Meanwhile, in his “Viewpoints” column on CBCP News, Cruz detailed that natural law, the “objective substance of things and essence of earthly matters,” has already specifically and clearly defined, established, and affirmed what marriage is.
Exercise in futility
“No Church and no Pope, no government and no president, no people of any race, color, and creed can really change it. Why? Ground realities as categorically and concretely determined by nothing less than the Law of Nature are beyond denial or contradiction by any contrary human opinion, by any opposite human authority or legislation. Therefore: To think and affirm, to promote and proclaim that marriage is between a man and a man or between a woman and a woman—this is an excellent example of an exercise in futility,” he stressed.
According to him, the Church has always maintained that marriage is between a man and a woman only and she has no choice but to uphold this reality.
“This is why the Pope himself teaches and affirms that marriage is between a man and a woman. He has no alternative. This is why the Church in the Philippines and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines maintain and insist that marriage is between a man and a woman. They have no option. To even think, much more to assert and insist that marriage is not so—this can be done but is does not in any way change the nature or essence of marriage,” he shared.
However, Cruz pointed out that like heterosexuals, homosexuals share the same intrinsic human dignity that should be respected by all people.
While there are two persons of the same gender who live together, the prelate noted they do this at their own “personal accountability,” calling such setup at best a “partnership,” a “venture,” a “contract,” an “agreement,” but not marriage.
“It takes more but mere human preference to alter the Law of Nature,” he added. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)