Katholisch Leben!

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Empfängnisverhütung

Wann wurde zum ersten Mal von der Katholischen Kirche eine From des ehelichen Verkehrs erlaubt, die bewusst die Zeugung ausschloss?

In der Enzyklika "Casti connubii" (19930; Papst Pius XI). Also Möglichkeit wurde hier angeboten, sich auf die Zeit zu beschränkten, wo die Frau unfruchtbar ist. Verhütung mit künstlichen Mitteln wurde jedoch als schwere Sünde bewertet.

Mit der Enzyklika "Humanae Vitae" verfasste Papst Paul VI dann 1968 ein Schreiben, das zwar immer noch jegliche künstliche Empfängnisverhütung untersagt, diese aber nicht mehr als schwere Sünde bezeichnet. Hier wird auch von einer besonderen Form des Verständnisses der Ehepartner untereinander gesprochen, mit Betonung der personalen Begegnung der beiden.

1981 kam dann das Rundschreiben "Familiaris consortio" heraus. Hier wurden die Ideen der Bischofssynode 1980 zusammen mit den Ergänzungen des Papstes veröffentlicht. Im Wesentlichen wurde die Enzyklika "Humanae Vitae" bekräftigt, das Ganze aber mit neuen Gründen versehen. Beim Geschlechtsverkehr drücken die Ehepartner auch ihre Liebe zueinander aus - und damit sich selbst. Wesentlicher Bestandteil und Charakteristikum dieses Geschlechtsverkehrs ist aber auch die Möglichkeit der Fortpflanzung. Diese Möglichkeit durch künstliche Verhütungsmittel auszuschließen, hieße am Wesen der Sexualität als Ausdruck der Persönlichkeit vorbei zu handeln.

(Quelle: http://www.fernkurs-wuerzburg.de/index.php)

 

Empfängnisverhütung ist doch nicht verboten!

Tatsächlich? Sehen wir uns Genesis 38,9-10 an: "Onan wusste also, dass die Nachkommen nicht ihm gehören würden. Sooft er zur Frau seines Bruders ging, ließ er den Samen zur Erde fallen und verderben, um seinem Bruder Nachkommen vorzuenthalten. Was er tat, missfiel dem Herrn und so ließ er auch ihn sterben." (Einheitsübersetzung).

Wenn du mit deiner Ehefrau Geschlechtsverkehr hast und somit deinen ehelichen Bund besiegelst, aber gleichzzeitig Verhütungsmittel nimmst, spottest du Gottes Bund mit den Menschen (dessen Spiegelbild der eheliche Bund ist), indem du es Gott unmöglich machst, aus zweien drei zu machen. Bei eurer Ehe wurdet ihr beide vereinigt uns eins vor Gott. Wenn du die Ehe - und somit den Bund - vollziehst und ein Kind zeugst, werdet ihr beide, die zuvor eins waren, nun drei, aber trotzdem eine Familie (eine Art von Dreifaltigkeit also!). Empfängnisverhütung ignoriert Gottes Ruf, fruchtbar zu sein und uns zu vermehren (Gen 1,28).

(Quelle: www.saintjoe.com)

 

kathpedia.com: Empfängnisverhütung

Obwohl bekanntermaßen die Katholische Kirche (künstliche) Empfängnisverhütungsmittel verbietet, gibt es viele Menschen der verschiedenen Konfessionen, welche der Empfängnisverhütung zustimmen. Unnatürliche Empfängnisverhütungsmittel wie z. B. die Pille und das Kondom sind nicht erlaubt.

"Durch ihre natürliche Eigenart sind die Ehe als Institutionen und die eheliche Liebe auf die Zeugung und Erziehung von Nachkommenschaft hingeordnet und finden darin gleichsam ihre Krönung." (GS 48,1)

 

Warum Empfängnisverhütung nicht gut ist


Göttlicher Wille als Argument


Gott schuf den menschlichen Körper mit gewissen körperlichen Funktionen, die es ihm ermöglichen sich fortzupflanzen und Kinder in die Welt zu bringen. In der Bibel steht dazu:

"Gott segnete sie und Gott sprach zu ihnen: Seid fruchtbar und vermehrt euch" (Gen 1, 28). "Dann segnete Gott Noach und seine Söhne und sprach zu ihnen: Seid fruchtbar, vermehrt euch" (Gen 9,1). "Ich bin Gott, der Allmächtige. Sei fruchtbar und vermehre dich" (Gen 35,11).

Wer in die natürlichen Funktionen eines Leibes eingreift oder sie verändert mit der Absicht, den Segen Gottes abzulehnen, lehnt den göttlichen Willen ab, bzw. stellt den menschlichen Willen über den göttlichen. Es ist eine Ablehnung des Segens Gottes für die ganze Menschheit, denn die Kinder, die in die Welt kommen würden ein wichtiger Teil der Menschheitsfamilie sein, ganz gleich wie klein oder groß ihre Rolle wäre. "Sie wird aber dadurch gerettet werden, dass sie Kinder zur Welt bringt, wenn sie in Glaube, Liebe und Heiligkeit ein besonnenes Leben führt" (1 Tim 2,15).

 

Körperliche Implikationen als Argumente


Empfängnisverhütende Pillen führen zu einem steigenden Risiko von Krebs, Blutknoten und Unfruchtbarkeit. Sexuell übertragbare Krankheiten haben stark zugenommen, sowohl bei Jugendlichen wie auch bei Erwachsenen, z. B. AIDS/HIV. Außerdem erkrankt jede 10. Junge Frau zwischen 16 bis 19 an der Geschlechtskrankheit Clamydien, welche unfruchtbar machen kann, laut einer Studie der Britischen Ärztevereinigung. Der Respekt für den eigenen Körper nimmt ab.

"Oder wisst ihr nicht, dass euer Leib ein Tempel des Heiligen Geistes ist, der in euch wohnt und den ihr von Gott habt.(1 Kor 6,19)

 

Soziale Beziehungen als Argumente


Durch zahllose sexuelle Beziehungen verlieren die Menschen den Blick für die wahre Liebe und haben es dann schwer, eine wahrhaft liebevolle und hingebungsvolle Beziehung mit einer Person in der Ehe zu führen. Die Empfängnisverhütung ist ein großer Zerstörer der Gesellschaft, nicht nur wegen des Lebens, das davon abgehalten wird, auf die Erde zu kommen, sondern auch wegen den Menschen, die dadurch in ein Leben in Unmoral und ohne Liebe gedrängt werden.

Der Druck auf die Geschlechter nahm mit der Empfängnisverhütung zu. Es wird erwartet, möglichst viele Erfahrungen gesammelt zu haben vor einer Ehe - sowohl bei Männern wie auch bei Frauen. Die Empfängnisverhütung versklavt den Menschen.

 


Natürliche Familienplanung (NFP)


Als "erlaubtes" Mittel der Familienplanung kann die sogenannte Natürliche Familienplanung gelten. Welche korrekt angewandt eine Schwangerschaftsrate von 0% erreichen kann (vgl. Enzyklika Humanae vitae).

 

Kirchliche Stellungnahmen


Die Österreichische Bischofskonferenz bringt in der Herbvollversammlung 2007 klar zum Ausdruck, dass die Kirche "alle Methoden der Empfängnisverhütung" ablehnt, "besonders jene, die die Möglichkeit der Frühabtreibung einschließen (Nidationshemmer) oder die Gesundheit der Frau oder des Mannes beeinträchtigen können." [1]

Papst Benedikt XVI. spricht im Jahr 2008 von der Familie als einer für das "Leben offene Liebesgemeinschaft".

 

Quelle


Alan Ames: Was ist Wahrheit? Seite 73ff - Miriam Verlag 2004

(Quelle: http://www.kathpedia.com/index.php/Empf%C3%A4ngnisverh%C3%BCtung)

 

Warum ist die Katholische Kirche gegen Empfängnisverhütung?

Wir sehen menschliche Sexualität als ein Geschenk von Gott an. Sexualität ist nie nur auf sich selbst bezogen. Sie dient dem Wohl der Ehepartner und erlaubt uns außerdem, an Gottes Werk der Schöpfung teilzunehmen. Eltern zu sein ist für uns also nicht nur eine Sache der persönlichen Entscheidung, sondern vielmehr der göttlichen Berufung.

Der Zweck der Ehe ist also dieser: Das Zeugen von Kindern sowie das Wohl der Ehepartner. Daraufhin ist auch jegliche menschliche Sexualität gerichtet.

Wir empfinden einen tiefen Respekt voreinander - gerade und vor allem auch in der Ehe zwischen einem Mann und einer Frau. Sex ist nicht nur etwas Schönes oder Gutes. Sex ist heilig (ähnlich hat es bereits Prof. Dr. Scott Hahn ausgedrückt)!

Dieser tiefe Respekt drückt sich in einer weitaus tieferen Erfahrung ehelicher Intimität aus, als wir uns wohl jemals zu träumen wagten. Eine Intimität, die uns das größte Geschenk geben kann, das man sich je vorstellen kann: Kinder. Eine Ehe sollte sich dem nicht einfach so grundsätzlich verschließen.

Keine Kirche hat eine würdevollere Sichtweise der menschlichen Sexualität als die Katholische Kirche!

Sehen wir uns den Katechismus der Katholischen Kirche an:


"2362 „Jene Akte also, durch die Eheleute innigst und lauter eins werden, sind von sittlicher Würde; sie bringen, wenn sie human vollzogen werden, jenes gegenseitige Übereignetsein zum Ausdruck und vertiefen es, durch das sich die Gatten gegenseitig in Freude und Dankbarkeit reich machen" (GS 49,2). Die Geschlechtlichkeit ist eine Quelle der Freude und Lust:

„Der Schöpfer selbst ... hat es so eingerichtet, daß die Gatten bei dieser [Zeugungs]funktion Lust und Befriedigung des Leibes und des Geistes erleben. Somit begehen die Gatten nichts Böses, wenn sie diese Lust anstreben und sie genießen. Sie nehmen das an, was der Schöpfer ihnen zugedacht hat. Doch sollen die Gatten sich innerhalb der Grenzen einer angebrachten Mäßigung zu halten wissen" (Pius XII., Ansprache vom 29. Oktober 1951).

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Betrachten wir doch einmal dieses Wort: Empfängnis-verhütung. Also etwas, das gegen die Empfängnis gerichtet ist. In diesem Zusammenhang sollten wir auch einen wichtigen Unterschied ansprechen: den zwischen Empfängnisverhütung und natürlicher Familienplanung. Während bei der Empfängnisverhütung die Befruchtung der weiblichen Eizelle durch den Samen des Mannes verhindert wird, tut die natürliche Familienplanung aktiv absolut nichts, um diese Befruchtung zu verhindern. Empfängnisverhütung ist gemäß katholischer Lehre gegen die natürliche moralische Ordnung gerichtet, indem sie es Paaren ermöglicht, eheliche Intimität zu vollziehen, ohne dabei die Einheit des Sinn und Zwecks ehelichen Geschlechtsverkehrs zu beachten: das Wohl der Ehepartner UND (!) Fortpflanzung! Beides darf nie getrennt betrachtet werden! Die natürliche Familienplanung bewegt sich hingegen innerhalb dieser natürlichen moralischen Ordnung, anerkennt aber die zyklische Natur weiblicher Fruchtbarkeit.

Wenn also schwerwiegende Gründe eintreten, die es erfordern, dass ein Ehepaar eine Schwangerschaft vermeidet oder verschiebt, können sie sich des Geschlechtsverkehrs in der fruchtbaren Zeit der Frau enthalten.

Der wesentliche Unterschied ist also die Offenheit für menschliches Leben und die Anerkennung von Gottes Plan für Heirat und menschliche Sexualität. Während natürliche Familienplanung Gottes Plan respektiert, arbeitet Empfängnisverhütung dagegen. Dies ist ein wesentlicher Unterschied.

Heißt das nun, dass die Katholische Kirche von ihren Gläubigen fordert, so viele Kinder wie nur irgendwie möglich zu zeugen? Nein. Die Kirche anerkennt, dass es gute Gründe geben kann, um eine Schwangerschaft aufzuschieben oder zu vermeiden. Diese Gründe können etwa in der Gesundheit der Frau liegen oder in erheblichen finanziellen Problemen (etwa bei Arbeitslosigkeit). Die Kirche ermahnt Ehepartner aber auch, darauf zu achten, dass ihre Motive nicht selbstsüchtiger Art sind. Die Berufung zur Ehe erfordert es auch, durch das eigene Beispiel gegen den Materialismus und Egoismus vorzugehen, der so oft in unserer Gesellschaft zu finden ist. Es ist also aus katholischer Sicht nicht akzeptabel, wenn ein Ehepaar sagt, sie wollen sich aus beruflichen Gründen, persönlichem Vergnügen oder aus einer finanziellen Motivation heraus auf ein oder zwei Kinder beschränken. Das würde dem Sinn und Zweck der Ehe widersprechen.

Die Katholische Kirche ist also keineswegs sex-feindlich. Ganz im Gegenteil: es gibt keine Kirche, die menschliche Sexualität höher einschätzt als die Katholische Kirche. Eine Sexualität, die Gottes Plan entspricht und nicht durch irgendwelche "Hilfsmittel" dem entgegenarbeitet, ermöglicht eine eheliche Intimität, die ihresgleichen sucht.

Eine Intimität, die durchaus mit der Intimität Jesu Christi zu Seiner Kirche zu vergleichen ist (auch hier wird oft das Bild der "Braut" für die Kirche verwendet). Eine Intimität, in der sich Jesus in lebensschenkender Art und Weise in der Eucharistie seiner Kirche - den Gläubigen - hingibt und diese Ihn demütig, ehrfürchtig und glaubend empfängt.

Menschliche Sexualität, die nur zum eigenen Vergnügen geschieht und nicht dem hohen Standard entspricht, den Gott hierfür vorgesehen hat, kann nie eine eheliche Intimität hervorbringen, die dem gleichkommt. Die Katholische Kirche sieht menschliche Sexualität als etwas Heiliges an - dem widerspricht eine rein egoistische sexuelle Motivation oder der sexuelle Akt rein zum persönlichen Vergnügen, da er dann letztendlich diese gottgegebene Sexualität entwertet und ein gewöhnliches Gebrauchsgut daraus macht.

(Quelle: u.a. eigene Ideen und folgendes Buch: Christ in His Fullness: A Protestant Minister Discovers the Fullness of Christ in the Catholic Church (Taschenbuch) von Bruce Sullivan (Autor). Taschenbuch: 222 Seiten. Verlag: C H Resources (5. März 2007). Sprache: Englisch. ISBN-10: 0970262175. ISBN-13: 978-0970262172. Go and get it!)

Contraception, sex outside of marriage, why non-Catholics cannot receive Communion in the Catholic Church, and same-sex "marriage"


Well, thanks to a federal "judge", the great state of Alabama is about to legalize same-sex "marriage" as of this Monday.  This is being touted as a "good" thing by those in the LGBT crowd and their allies.  Alice has fallen down the rabbit hole...up is down, in is out, evil is good, and good is evil.  We need to keep praying and keep working in the vineyard to turn our society around.  Through Christ, all things are possible...


Continuing with what I started last week - here are the final four of a series of articles I wrote for our diocesan newspaper on Marriage and the Eucharist.  It's basically the written version of my audio on the same topic, with a few modifications.  I draw parallels between the two sacraments and then use those parallels to explain some of the Church's teachings that many folks have trouble with.  In the articles in this issue, I'll be touching on the topics of: contraception, sex outside of marriage, why non-Catholics cannot receive Communion in the Catholic Church, and same-sex "marriage" .  I'm going to reprint the articles exactly as they appeared in the newspaper, so if you think your diocesan paper might be interested in printing them, you can just copy them as is.


Marriage and the Eucharist.  We ended last week with John 6:54, “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life.”  The Eucharist is all about giving us life...eternal life.  By receiving the Eucharist into our bodies we are receiving God’s own life into ourselves.  We are receiving Life itself.  


Listen to what Paul says in Galatians 4:19, “My little children, with whom I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you.”  We need to have Christ formed within us.  Christ, through the Eucharist, is giving us His very life.  Christ, through the Eucharist, is planting the seeds of eternal life in our bodies.  Seeds that will hopefully grow, aided by the Holy Spirit, until Christ is fully formed within us.  Through the Eucharist, through receiving Christ into our bodies, the two have become one.


In the marital embrace, the wife receives her husband’s love and his very life within her. And he is planting the seeds of life that could very well grow until a life is fully formed within her.  The two, husband and wife, have become one.  And the two becoming one is most readily apparent when the marital embrace results in the conception of a new life.  The two have become one have become three.  It is here, in the life-giving and love-giving act of marital intimacy, that the family of man most closely mirrors the family of God...the Trinity.  


Can you see how the Sacrament of Marriage is inextricably linked to the Sacrament of the Eucharist?  How God’s relationship to us is most clearly mirrored in the relationship of husband and wife?  How the Holy Spirit proceeds from the life-giving and love-giving relationship between  the Father and the Son, just as a child proceeds from the life-giving and love-giving relationship between husband and wife?  In the Eucharist, the Holy Spirit in a sense “overshadows” us and we receive Jesus into our bodies.  The Annunciation, was, in some ways, a pre-figuring of the Eucharist.  The Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary and the two became one became three.  


The Bible starts off, in Genesis 2:24, with marriage.  All through the Bible, Old Testament and New, the relationship between God and Israel, and then between God and the Church, is described in marital terms.  And then, in the Book of Revelation, at the end of the Bible, at the end of time, we have the eternal Wedding Feast of the Lamb...the eternal union between Christ and His Bride, the Church, in the New Jerusalem.


Do we approach the Eucharist within a marital framework?  Do we see it as the very intimate act that it is?  Do we allow ourselves to be completely open to receiving Jesus...to receiving His love...to receiving His life?  Do we keep in mind His total self-giving...His being poured out on the cross for us, whenever we receive Christ in the Eucharist?  Are WE offering ourselves totally and completely to Him?  Are we pouring ourselves out for Him?  Are we allowing Him to change our lives?  Are we allowing Him to plant the seeds of eternal life within us?  Are we allowing Jesus to be formed within us?  Or, do we allow the receiving of the Eucharist to become routine?  Just one action of many that we participate in at the Mass?  Do you mentally tell yourself, “Okay, Father’s holding up the host, we’ll be out of here in 15 minutes.”?  


Do we approach relations, and particularly our physical relations, with our spouse within a eucharistic framework?  Do we realize that whenever we “know” our spouse, that we are re-presenting ourselves fully and totally to him or her?  That we are back on our wedding day and are re-presenting ourselves before God?  That we are participating in an act of love that gives life, and that this act is a sign of the life-giving love that God gives to us?  Do we contemplate these things?  Do we raise physical intimacy with our spouse to a sacramental level, instead of a mere physical act?


Now, having drawn some of these parallels, let me ask the question: What if Jesus did not give all of Himself to us?  What if Jesus held back the life-giving aspect of the Eucharist?  In other words, what if we received His body and blood, but Jesus then did something to prevent that Body and Blood from producing life within us?  We received the Body and Blood, but it was somehow prevented from forming Jesus within us?  I think you may have an idea where I’m going here.


The question of contraception.  Society says, no big deal.  Most Catholics say, no big deal.  But, looking at the marital embrace within a eucharistic framework, do you maybe see now why it is such a big deal?  When a man and a woman use contraception, then the man is saying to the woman, “I am giving myself to you, but I am not giving myself completely and totally and without reservation.  I am holding something back.  I do not wish to share the life-giving aspects of this act with you.  I do not want the two to become one”  Or, the wife is saying, “I do not want to receive all of you with no exceptions.  I do not wish to receive you completely and totally and without reservation.  I do not wish to receive the life-giving aspects of this act from you.  I do not want the two to become one.”  


To continue with our parallels between Marriage and the Eucharist, when we receive the Eucharist, when we receive Christ into our bodies, we are receiving the very life of Christ within us.  Galatians 4:19, “My little children, with whom I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you.”  Christ be formed in you.  Through the Eucharist, Jesus is planting the seeds of life - His life - within us.  


When a wife receives her husband in the marital embrace, she is receiving his very life within her.  He is planting the seeds of life within her.  Through contraception, the life-giving aspect of that act is held back.  What if Jesus held back the life-giving aspect of the Eucharist from us?  What if Jesus decided not to give Himself fully to us?  What if Jesus prevented us from receiving life in the Eucharist.  What if Jesus prevented us from having His life conceived within us through our reception of the Eucharist?  What if Jesus, in a spiritual sense, contracepted?  Could anyone ever consider that to be a good thing?  


And what exactly is it that we are holding back from our spouse through contraception?  Is it just one little aspect of who and what we are as human beings?  Could you say, “Well, I’m not going to share this one aspect of me with my spouse, but I’m willing to share all the hundreds and hundreds of other aspects of myself with my spouse.  In other words, I’m willing to share 99.9%, but just not 100%.”  I don’t think so.  


Listen to this passage from Genesis, chapter 1, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”  And in Genesis 5 it says, “When Adam had lived a hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son in his own likeness, after his image.”  God created man in His image and likeness.  Man participates in this act of creation to produce children in his image and likeness.  Scripture tells us that man is doing something God-like in the act of physical generation.  The act of creating life, is, in my opinion, where man most closely imitates God and most closely cooperates with God.  The act of creating life is where man mirrors God most closely.  Think about it.  God and man, working together to bring new life into the world!  A new body with a new, eternal soul, into this world.  Is this just .1% or some other small percent of who we are?  Is the aspect of our humanity where we participate in the act of creation with God Himself, is that aspect of our humanity just one aspect among hundreds of others?  


No!  When we contracept, when we do not share ourselves fully and completely and openly and without reserve with our spouse, we are not sharing with our spouse one of the two major aspects of who we are as human beings.  We were created to love and to give life.  That is what the marriage act is all about...giving love and creating life.  To withhold either love or life from our spouse, is to withhold a major aspect of who we are as human beings.  


God is love.  And because He is love, He gives life.  His love is procreative...pro-creative.  His love gives life.  When we separate love from life, as when we do when we use contraception, then our love is no longer like God’s love.  It is not pro-creative love.  It is anti-creative love.  It is selfish love.  And when we separate love from life, when our love is no longer pro-creative, but anti-creative, selfish love, we start experiencing serious consequences - not just as individuals, or as married couples, but as a society.  Just look all around you at the hell that has been created by the separation of love and life...astronomical divorce rates, abortion, out-of-wedlock births, test tube babies, human cloning, pornography, homosexual marriage, AIDS and other sexually-transmitted diseases, and on and on it goes.  


When we receive the Eucharist, when we receive Christ into our bodies, we are receiving the very life of Christ within us.  Again, He is planting the seeds of life within us.  When a wife receives her husband, she is receiving his very life within her.  He is planting the seeds of life within her.  Again, what if Jesus decided to contracept in a spiritual sense?  What if Jesus held back the life-giving aspect of the Eucharist from us?  What if Jesus decided not to give Himself fully to us?   What if Jesus held back the very aspect of the Eucharist that the Eucharist was designed to convey...Life!?


That’s what we do when we contracept.  We hold back the life-giving aspect of the marital embrace - the very aspect that the marital embrace was designed, by God, to convey.  Can that ever be a good thing?  God put the two aspects, love and life, together in the physical union between husband and wife.  When we contracept, we are separating what God has put together.  We are separating love from life.  And doesn’t Scripture say, let no man rend asunder what God has joined together?


Why are non-Catholics not allowed to receive Communion in the Catholic Church?  It’s because receiving Communion in the Catholic Church, when you are not a member of the Catholic Church, when you have not committed yourself completely and totally to the Church, is like having sex outside of marriage.


A lot of folks reason that since sex is a gift from God - after all God gave us our sexual desires - then it can’t be wrong to use that gift and act on those desires.  It doesn’t matter if one is married or not.  Especially if it’s two consenting adults.  Well, we’ve shown that God’s way of doing things involves 3 steps: 1) Commitment, the man shall leave his mother and father, 2) Marriage, he shall cleave to his wife, and then 3) The two shall become one.  The physical consummation of the marriage is the sign that there is a lifelong commitment already in place.  It is the sign that these two people have given their very lives to each other.  It is the sign that God has joined these two people together.  


Sex outside of marriage is a lie.  You are speaking a lie with your  body.  You are saying I am committed to you for life with your body, when actually no such commitment exists.  It is a lie, a very serious lie.  You are lying to the person you are committing this act with.  And, even if you are “in love”, it is still a lie.  Why would you want to engage in a lie with someone you are supposedly in love with?  When you put step #3 - the two shall become one - before steps 1 or 2, you are messing with God’s plan for marriage.   And whenever you mess with God’s plan, something unpleasant will eventually result.  


Sex outside of marriage is getting things out of order.  There is no lifelong commitment in place, therefore the sign of that commitment, physical intimacy, should not take place.  To be sexually active outside of marriage is to be consummating a commitment that does not exist.  It is engaging in a lie.


Drawing the parallel, a lot of non-Catholics believe that they should have the right to receive the Eucharist in our Church. They even get offended when they are told that they can’t.    A lot of Catholics believe it’s no big deal if non-Catholics receive the Eucharist.  But allowing non-Catholics to receive the Eucharist is, again, tantamount to approving of sex outside of marriage.  If a person is not a Catholic, then that means that they are not fully united to the Church.  They have not made a total  commitment to the Church. The Eucharist is the sign and source of unity among Christians, and particularly so for Catholic Christians.  It is the sign that the two have become one, and that the many have become one.  If someone is not a Catholic, even though they may believe what Catholics believe about the Eucharist actually being the Body and Blood of Christ, they cannot receive Communion.  They are not fully united to the Church, no lifelong commitment has been made.  No commitment...no consummation...no Eucharist!  


When we receive the Eucharist, we are saying, with our bodies, that we believe what the Catholic Church teaches...in its entirety.  We are saying we believe not only what the Church teaches on the Eucharist, but we are also saying that we believe what it teaches on the priesthood, on the Communion of Saints, on the Sacraments, on Mary, on the Mass, and on and on.  If someone who is not Catholic receives Communion, then they are saying to us, with their bodies, that they believe all that Catholics believe.  That they have made a commitment and they are consummating that commitment.  But, they don’t believe as we do!  And they haven’t made that commitment!  That’s why they’re not Catholic.


Therefore, for them to receive the Eucharist, would be a lie.  They would be lying with their bodies before God and before man.  Just as those who engage in sexual relations outside of marriage are lying with their bodies to each other and to God.  So, if anyone ever asks you why Catholics do not allow non-Catholics to receive Communion, you can simply say that it’s because we don’t believe in sex outside of marriage.  That is why we do not allow non-Catholics to receive Communion in the Catholic Church...we do not want them to engage in a lie.      


And that is why we, as Catholics, cannot receive Communion in Protestant churches.  We would be saying, with our bodies, that we believe as they believe.  But we don’t, so it would be a lie before man and God to receive Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, in a Protestant church.  


So, again, if anyone ever asks you why non-Catholics cannot receive Communion in the Catholic Church, simply ask them if they are in communion with the Catholic Church.  Ask them if they believe all that the Church teaches, on everything, not just on the Eucharist.  If they say no, ask them why it is they want to receive Communion in the Church when they are not actually in communion with the Church?  Ask them why they want to receive the sign of unity, when there is no unity?  Make it clear to them that the act of receiving Communion in our Church is a declaration that they believe as we believe.  And, if they don’t believe as we believe, then, should they receive the Eucharist, they are committing a lie with their bodies and it would be an egregious offense against the Church and against God.  Tell them it is just like sex outside of marriage.  They want 


Finally, one other area where we can use these parallels between the sacraments of Marriage and the Eucharist to help us form an appropriate response, is this idea of same-sex “marriage”, so-called.  A very hot topic these days.  There is not now, never has been, and never will be, such a thing as a same-sex “marriage.”  It doesn’t matter how many judges issue how many licenses and how many wedding ceremonies take place - there will never be such a thing as a marriage between two men or two women.  God is the author of marriage.  He made it.  He defined it.  He joins the two together.  God has defined a marriage as something to unite one man and one woman.  Period.  


One man cannot marry another man and one woman cannot marry another.  Why?  The two cannot become one.  For the two to become one, there has to be a life-giving bridegroom and there has to be a life-receiving bride.  Between two men, there is no one to receive the life of the bridegroom.  Between two women, there is no bridegroom to give his life to the bride.   Consummation is not possible in either situation.  


A union, as such, between two men, would be as if Jesus wanted to give us His life in the Eucharist, but we had no way of receiving it.  It would be as if Jesus died on the Cross, but never

instituted the Eucharist.  A union, as such, between two women, would be as if we all wanted to receive the life-giving force of Christ in the Eucharist, but there was no life-giving force to receive.  It would be as if Jesus instituted the Eucharist, but then never died on the cross for us.  


There can be no such thing as a same-sex marriage, because there is no such thing as “life-giving” love, love that produces life, in a same-sex union.  Two men cannot produce a life between them.  Two women cannot produce a life between them.  It is a physical impossibility.  Therefore, same-sex “marriage” is an impossibility in the eyes of God.


St. Paul tells us in Romans, chapter 1, that the desire of a man for another man, or of a woman for another woman, is unnatural.  But you don’t have to believe in the Bible, or even in God, in order to understand that St. Paul was correct.  All you have to do is look at the body of a man and the body of a woman and you can easily discern that nature has designed a certain complementarity between the bodies of men and women.     


So, just from a simple observation, we can discern that nature designed a complementarity between the bodies of men and women.  We can discern that sex was designed by nature, to 1) be the physical union between a man and a woman, and 2) to perpetuate the survival of the species.  Same sex unions go against nature in both regards.  A man’s body was designed to join to a woman’s.  A woman’s body was designed to receive a man’s.  So, same-sex unions are contra nature.  They are inherently unnatural.  


And, if nature does indeed have a creator, then if same-sex unions are contrary to nature, it is safe to say that they are contrary to nature’s creator.  This is not about being “mean” to two people who are “in love” and it has nothing to do with “homophobia” or anything of the sort.  It actually is an act of charity to oppose what society is trying to impose.  If the Catholic Church is correct and homosexual acts are indeed acts of “grave depravity” and they are indeed “intrinsically disordered” (Catechism, #2357), then the most important thing to consider is the salvation of the souls of those committing these acts that are contrary to nature and contrary to nature’s God.


It is not mean, or somehow homophobic, or anything else of that nature to desire the good for a person and, particularly, to desire the ultimate good for a person - the salvation of someone’s soul.  The best thing a person can do if you know of someone who is struggling with same-sex attraction is to talk to them about God’s love for them...and to give them whatever support you can to help them live a chaste lifestyle.


And, it just so happens that the Diocese of Birmingham has recently seen the establishment of a chapter of Courage, which is an apostolate of the Catholic Church that ministers to persons with same-sex attraction (www.couragerc.org).  If you would like to find out more about the Courage chapter here in the Diocese of Birmingham, you can call the Courage chaplain at: 256-221-8844.  All calls are completely confidential.


Marriage and the Eucharist...the two shall become one.  I hope this series of articles has helped you to see and understand how intimately and intricately these two sacraments are linked together, and that they have helped you to look at marriage from a eucharistic point of view, and to look at the Eucharist from a marital point of view.    


(Send any questions/comments to: jmartignoni@bhmdiocese.org.  If you would like to sign up for John’s free apologetics email newsletter, simply go to: www.biblechristiansociety.com.  You can also order his free CD’s on various apologetics topics at the website, including his CD that covers this topic which is entitled: “Marriage and the Eucharist: The Two Shall Become One.”) 

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