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CFC Statement on the Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) Ruling

Every human person is a gift.

And it is in our discovery that we are a gift—a gift that must be shared
that we are able to relentlessly pursue our deep longing for happinessa kind of happiness that is not short-lived but rather transcends through time, a kind of happiness that not only would edify us but also the one with whom we decide to offer ourselves.

The recent decision by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) calling the ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, thereby affirming its approval for it, has triggered waves of reaction from various parts of the world. Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans-genders (LGBT’s) and other people who support their cause have hailed the decision as a landmark decision that promotes equality and liberty for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation. It is, for them, a decision that has at long last destroyed the barrier of exclusivity of marriage between a man and a woman which they find as discriminatory.


But while the decision has been celebrated by some sectors, we who uphold the truth about the sanctity of marriage view the recent development not necessarily as a death of morality but rather as a call by the Lord for a deeper sense of introspection - a greater call for us to reflect on our own innate giftedness, individually and collectively, so that, moved with greater zeal, we can more actively respond to the challenges that threaten the very foundations of the family. The decision sends a clear message for us to widen our understanding of the issue at hand and, more importantly, to use our Christian values as a tool to open the eyes of those who have developed a deluded sense of happiness and freedom.


In line with the teachings of the Catholic Church, we in Couples for Christ:

a) Firmly believe that marriage is first and foremost a gift and part of God’s plan for the good of humanity. It is not born out of a whim but rather a vocation that requires deep commitment and dedication. It is evidence of God’s great confidence that humanity - man and woman - have the ability to share and participate in His desire to bring into existence another human person as marriage “is ordered to the procreation and education of the offspring and it is in them that it finds its crowning glory.” (CCC 1652)

b) Will continue to uphold the truth that marriage can only be between a man and a woman. We recognize that “God inscribed in the humanity of man and woman the vocation, and thus the capacity and responsibility, of love and communion” (CCC 2331)


c) Stand firm in our belief that sexual desire leaves room for the exercise of the will. And in exercising that will, the human person “should acknowledge and accept his sexual identity” (CCC 2333) – both body and soul – not rejecting any part of it and, in so doing, able to totally give himself to another person who would be able to fully receive him because of the complementary nature inscribed in their bodies.


d) Continue to believe that, in man’s pursuit of happiness, freedom is not absolute and has its own limitations. And that by “deviating from the moral law man violates his own freedom, becomes imprisoned within himself, disrupts neighbourly fellowship, and rebels against divine truth.” (CCC 1740)


e) Maintain our respect for people of homosexual orientation. We acknowledge that they too have been given by the Lord various gifts essential for the fulfilment of God’s plan. At the same time, we fully understand that what they need is acceptance and not tolerance, that we should not waver in inviting them to “self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace; they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.” (CCC 2359)


The times have truly been challenging for the Christian faith.


But while we can continue to voice out our opposition against those who threaten marriage, we should more resolutely pursue more effective ways by which we can defend the family. Our own marriages and family lives, because they are centered on Christian values, should be a living witness to a world that would rather listen to actions than words. By having our message clearly heard, we may then lead others towards the right path to happiness and freedom, indeed to Christ Himself.


We must all the more persevere in prayer and in faith in order that our marriages become a genuine reflection of God’s image here on earth!

God bless our families!

 


For the CFC International Council

(Sgd.) JOSE T. TALE
Chairman
June 30, 2015

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