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Discussion 2 to Meditation 952
Hypocritical Church meets hypocritical politician

by: JT

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Consider a young Roman Catholic woman. Let's call her Callista. Suppose she embarks on a six year affair with a married politician more than 20 years her senior. Let's call him Newt. They even have sex in his marital bed.

Doesn't this situation seem to undermine so-called traditional marriage more than same sex marriage?

Somehow even with regular sex, Callista somehow does not get pregnant. Quite possibly birth control is involved.

She sings in the choir and participates in the mass regularly. Presumably, she is confessing her adultery and, if applicable, birth control practices. And she's getting absolution. And then she goes and sins (by Catholic standards) again.

Doesn't this situation seem to undermine so-called traditional marriage more than same sex marriage?

Eventually, Newt divorces his second wife (yes - second wife, he's been divorced before) and marries Callista in the Catholic Church - a church which does not recognize divorce. But Newt converts to Catholicism, confesses, and receeves absolution for his multiple marriages and his multiple adulteries.

Doesn't the Catholic Church's acceptance of this situation seem to undermine so-called traditional marriage more than same sex marriage?

The Catholic Church is so happy to get this politician into their fold that Newt and Callista (remember, third! wife) get to meet the Pope and make a documentary about him.

Doesn't the Catholic Church's grovelling acceptance of this situation seem to undermine so-called traditional marriage more than same sex marriage?

Newt has a lesbian half-sister. But Newt, in line with what the Pope wants, has spoken out against same sex marriage.

Dosen't Newt by personal example seem to undermine so-called traditional marriage more than same sex marriage?