Pope Francis has said “the family is threatened” by the efforts of those seeking to “redefine the very institution of marriage”, in a reference to same-sex marriage campaigners. “The family is threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage. These realities are increasingly under attack from powerful forces which threaten to disfigure God’s plan for creation,” the Pope said.
It is very difficult to understand the argument that the marriage of a gay couple somehow has a negative impact on the institution of heterosexual marriage. What on earth can be the argument for the causal connection underlying the statement? It can only be the idea that if you let one couple get away with it, then everybody will want to do it. And this is clearly nonsense.
It’s ironic that one of the great defenders of the state of holy matrimony has chosen to be celibate. What a vote of confidence! The other interesting part of the statement is “God’s plan for creation”. Pope Francis should watch the wonderful series by Brian Cox entitled Human Universe to get a good idea of how much of it was actually planned.
Cox introduces the idea of imperfection and randomness following the Big Bang. It is this imperfection that has led to the creation of life on Earth as well as the almost infinite number of planetary systems in the universe.
The idea that the universe developed in a random way does not mean that there is not a direct causal link between the big bang and life on Earth. The most important thing about the concept of randomness is that it is unpredictable and unplanned. Even by God.
It is probably too much to hope that somebody who has a creationist view of the universe will have an enlightened view on gay marriage