Jan 23, 2011 Comments Off
Pope Benedict XVI declared that marriage was not an absolute right during an address to the Vatican’s Tribunal On Annulments Saturday morning.
Pope Benedict XVI told priests Saturday to do a better job counseling would-be spouses to ensure their marriages last and said no one has an absolute right to a wedding.
Apparently the pontiff is concerned by the skyrocketing divorce and annulment rates in the United States among the heterosexual population. In America around 50% of all traditional straight marriages end in divorce. As far as traditional catholic marriages are concerned, the United States has a higher annulment rate than all other countries in the world combined!
But there is hope. According to the Williams Institute those states that have adopted marriage equality, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire and Vermont have the lowest divorce rates in the nation. Washington D.C. has even experienced a reduction in the percent of divorces since allowing marriage equality.
The aides to his holiness would be doing the catholic church a great favor by pointing out that marriage equality reduces divorce rates and that the churches stance against Gay and Lesbian equality is harming traditional marriage. Also that in the United States marriage is a basic civil right guaranteed by our legal system!
In the 1967 Loving v Virginia case, which overturned the ban on interracial marriage, the United States Supreme Court said the following:
Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,” fundamental to our very existence and survival…
What his holiness forgets is that in the United States marriage is a civil contract between two people and that the church is forbidden involvement by our constitution. In America atheists, muslims and even Gays are allowed to enter into the civil contract of marriage without the churches blessing.