On Monday, January 9, 2012, during the Annual World Day of Peace Message, Pope Benedict XVI addressed his deepest sentiments before Vatican diplomats from nearly 180 countries stressing education needs setting especially in understanding family as based on the marriage of a man and a woman.
This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself.
He further asserted,
The family unit is fundamental for the educational process and for the development both of individuals and States; hence there is a need for policies which promote the family and aid social cohesion and dialogue. It is in the family that we become open to the world and to life.
The issue involves intertwining points of respect and perspectives that essentially deliberate among the Catholic faith or the religion, in general, and the individuals or the society where individuals and religion co-exist. However, I prefer deliberating the perspective of responsibility or the role of religion to the humanity in its basic yet comprehensive in nature and the aspect of choice or the fundamental purpose of how is living on earth as human with a fundamental rights as creature and as social being.
Fundamentally, responsibility of the Church to preserve, communicate Jesus Christ’s teachings to enrich the aspects of morality and spirituality. Comprehensively, where coexistence among these institutions are mutually uphold and respected, responsibility of the Church to help shape the character and values formation of individuals and the society.
Moreover, it is a fundamental principle of Christ’s teachings to preserve and respect the freedom to choose regardless of sex, race, faith, culture, social status and disposition, and personal preference. It is, also, a fundamental foundation of Christ’s teachings to give His creatures the freedom to choose and make decisions between good and evil. This aspect is believed to be an attestation for man to become like Him.
With the assertion of Pope that the best way to move forward is through the recognition of the inalienable dignity of individuals and of their fundamental rights, it is convincing that Catholic doctrines are not only pro-Christ but also pro-human rights. However, it is also complex to understand the Catholic Church on their side about homosexuality and gay marriage; the same way that Lucifer can not be understood in a simple, basic understanding without considering the understanding of its complexities. Then what is now the difference between the Catholic doctrines and our understanding of Lucifer? Of course, miles of miles away, we understood both identities accordingly.
In addition, the Pope also implored his cohesion to respect for individuals as must be at the center of institutions and laws. Then why debate and argue over the homosexuality and gay marriage issues when Christ-like living is respecting individuals’ fundamental rights? Are we accusing Catholic Church a decoy with their objectives to confuse, divide, and engage humanity to a greater extent of spiritual and moral threat?
Chopping the lines from the Pope’s speech, he also expressed positive emotions on inviting the international community to a dialogue. That is, an open communication, for as what he pointed out during his visit to Croatia, “Openness to life is a sign of openness to the future”. The Pope, also, encouraged working out communication in a way respectful of peoples in attaining reconciled societies free from unjust discrimination.
Yet, what we have observed and understood, Catholic Church is vocal unleashing their tirade against homosexuality, especially on gay marriage, where behaviors and practices are sinful acts, thus must be given state’s control and awareness from further attack to the humanity.
And what made the Catholic Church a laughing stock for this call is pointing out education and state control instead of their institution as the tabernacle of moral and spiritual ascendancy of a society.
In my view, Catholic Church, lead by a Pope, may in the future become a greatest kingdom of governments where governments and kingdoms all over the planet worship her tabernacle of confusion, division, and influence to master the arts of sin!
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