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The ministers of the sacrament of matrimony are the man and the woman - the priest is the witness authorized by the Church to present and bless the union of a man and a woman. Therefore, a Roman Catholic priest could never witness, much less bless the so-called 'union' of a same sex couple. Precisely because it cannot and does not exist. It's really very simple.
1601 "The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament."
1602 Sacred Scripture begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God and concludes with a vision of "the wedding-feast of the Lamb." Scripture speaks throughout of marriage and its "mystery," its institution and the meaning God has given it, its origin and its end, its various realizations throughout the history of salvation, the difficulties arising from sin and its renewal "in the Lord" in the New Covenant of Christ and the Church.I urge readers to read and study and reflect upon what the Catechism teaches in order to understand why there cannot be such a thing as same sex marriage. In the future, if civil law makes provisions for such a thing, it can never be permitted or recognized by the Church.
1631 This is the reason why the Church normally requires that the faithful contract marriage according to the ecclesiastical form. Several reasons converge to explain this requirement:
- Sacramental marriage is a liturgical act. It is therefore appropriate that it should be celebrated in the public liturgy of the Church;
- Marriage introduces one into an ecclesial order, and creates rights and duties in the Church between the spouses and towards their children; - Since marriage is a state of life in the Church, certainty about it is necessary (hence the obligation to have witnesses);
- The public character of the consent protects the "I do" once given and helps the spouses remain faithful to it. - Catechism of the Catholic Church