Sunday, January 29, 2012

It’s a matter of “RESPECT” (Pope Benedict XVI’s Pronouncement about gay marriage)

Sunday, January 29, 2012
Different theories were presented to discover where the world really came. Some of these were Biblical, Big Bang and Evolution theories that have various explanations to know how earth created. This is somehow an implication that people are all unlike. Every individual will make decisions based on what they believe and what they choose to be. These differences will always have positive and negative results. We can witness the people’s disparities in one of today’s utmost controversies, the Pope Benedict XVI’s Pronouncement on gay marriage.

The Pronouncement
It was 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.

He continued,

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 affirmed,

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.

Following Pope Benedict XVI’s pronouncement that gay marriage is a threat to humanity’s future, representatives of affected groups have voiced conflicting opinions on the matter.

The words uttered by the Pope crafted mushrooms of opinion throughout the world, specifically to the Philippines, a country known to have several of religious beliefs.

Don’t call it a marriage
According to Assistant Executive Secretary of the CBCP Episcopal Commission for Family and Life Fr. Dave Clay, the main problem is calling it a marriage. “They can’t get married at all. It’s a contradiction. Marriage is between a man and a woman”. Fr. Dave clarified to an interview on News to Go, GMA News TV that he is not the enemy of gay men and women; he maintained that it is not possible for them (gays) to marry.

“If two men want to live together, what can I say? But don’t call it a marriage,” he emphasized, differentiating a live-in relationship, which he said is not a threat to humanity.

“Calling it marriage is a threat to humanity, because it’s not a marriage. It’s insulting God. God created marriage. God created Adam and Eve, a man and a woman. That’s what we believe as Christians, that’s what we believe as Catholics. And even non-Christians and non-Catholics believe that it’s between a man and a woman, so if you’re going to make another relationship and call that marriage, it’s insulting God,” Fr. Clay explained.

Fr. Dave Clay’s avowal is basically on what he know is right. He maybe a representation of the Roman Catholic’s side in the Philippines, who filled the 80.9% of the country’s population (digits are courtesy of

Gross National Happiness
Contradicting the statement of Pope Benedict XVI, Ladlad Chairman Emeritus Danton Remoto said that the increased for gay marriage will encourage others to come out of the closet, this will result in an increase in the “gross national happiness” of Filipinos.

“Kasi ang closet para yang kabaong. It’s like a coffin, kung makalabas sila diyan, maging maligaya sila, tataas ang kanilang kaligayahan, yung gross national happiness ng Pilipino I think tataas. We can be happy, we can be gay,” he told News to Go co-anchor Kara David.

Same Sex Marriage or Gay Marriage will somehow be an unending-issue since people in this world have the right to follow what their minds and hearts are telling. Every matter has always two sides: it’s either Yes or No, Pro or Anti, Agree or Disagree, etc. Each idea has a power to be heard, whether it will accepted or rejected. The thing is on how people convey their ideas and how they respect others feelings.


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