Marriage: From sacrament to short-term contract

Source: FSSPX News

On April 23, 2013 the National Assembly in France voted for the same-sex “marriage” law in the name of equal rights.  Among those advocating the law was Danièle Hervieu-Léger, whose opinion piece entitled “The Church’s Lost Battle” could be read earlier this year in the January 12 issue of Le Monde:  “The question of same-sex marriage can be considered a cross-section of the marginalization [exculturation (sic)] of the Catholic Church in French society;  this is because three movements converge on this point to dissolve what remained of the elective affinity between the Catholic and secular issues of marriage and family.”

The renowned (and sometimes hazy) “sociologist of religions” went on to list the three movements:  “equal rights extending to interpersonal intimacy, deconstruction of the alleged order of nature, and the legitimacy of the institution henceforth founded on the relation of individuals.”  As for the last-mentioned point, according to her, “the right to a family has confirmed this major and inescapable fact:  from now on marriage is no longer what makes a couple;  the couple make the marriage.”

Beneath this padded jargon lurks a more brutal reality.  Thus the socialist René Viviani wrote without mincing words in L’Humanité (October 4, 1904) concerning the laicization of French education, which was carried out in the name of neutrality:  “Neutrality was always a lie....  They promise this will-o’-the-wisp of neutrality so as to reassure several timid constituencies, a coalition of whom would have obstructed the law in principle.”  If today’s socialists were really candid, they would acknowledge that “Equal rights are a pretext.  We have only one objective:  to create an irreligious family that is opposed to any natural order and that no higher institution can regulate.”  In other words, a couple that is no longer united by marriage:  partners who make, unmake and remake whenever they want a biodegradable marriage in which yes becomes no... and vice-versa.

Father Alain Lorans