This is a Mind and Media cartoon in progress for the C.D. Veil Of Deception: The Impact of Same Sex Marriage on American Youth, by Mission America. Needs a little color, and I may or may not stick a seminary in the background. We'll see.
Mystical marriage in the Catholic tradition is man being married to God, commonly personified by God being married to man by way of His priesthood. Christ is the bridgegroom, and the church is His bride. This is the scriptural instruction and faith tradition which Catholics hold fast to; redefining marriage is equal to redefining our relationship with God, a right we simply haven't been given. The invention of the computer chip, Tang and Rap music hasn't altered the basics of this relationship. The world is certainly free to do as it wishes, and can legalize whatever new definition of marriage it would like. As a conservative leaning towards the libertarian, I'm not philosophically opposed to two adults entering into a binding contract. However, I fail to see how the legalization of same sex marriage doesn't de facto criminalize Christianity, and Judaism, and Islam. It's a given.
There's much good to contemplate in a priest or a nun entering into a lifelong love contract with God. It should be viewed less as a sacrifice (sexual marriage is a sacrifice in many ways as well) but as a relationship, and a very healthy spiritual one. Whether or not one ascribes to the new secular definition of marriage or the traditional one, it's an awe inspiring standard anyone who loves God can emulate.
I don't believe I've ever seen a cartoon of a Priest literally married to a church, so I thought I'd take advantage of a hot button topic and contribute one last goofy cartoon to the blogosphere before 2006 starts to consume my new Thomas Kincaide calendar, one day at a time.
Please pray for Stacy Harp's cat Boswell, that he may soon be found.