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Frederick F. Becklo Jr.: Academy performance no cause for celebration

To the editor:

Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergolio, now Pope Francis, when opposing legislation in 2010 allowing for same-sex marriage in Argentina, said: “Let’s not be naïve, we’re not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We’re not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.” Argentine’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said Cardinal Bergoglio’s “position is medieval,” a reaction shared by many in Massachusetts.

Catholics understand the cardinal’s opposition to same-sex marriage because of the sacrilege of attempting to deconstruct the complementarity of male and female in its many dimensions and expressions — physiologically, emotionally and spiritually. Men and women were made for each other stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand. The elegance of this creative design is a happy occasion, an occasion for reverence and exuberant celebration.

For Catholics, marriage is an image of the complementary love found within the very life of the Holy Trinity. The complementarity of male and female signifies a choir of “antiphonal soundings found among all things in the universe” (as someone put it) and part of a creational symphony heard from the beginning of time.

Now to put the emphasis where it belongs: A homosexual union may be an expression of affection, but a union of sameness can never be procreative because it is unnatural. We do everyone a favor by reminding them that there are absolute boundaries unexplainable without God — and failing to respect that will turn out badly for everyone, particularly children.

Far removed from Buenos Aires, Argentina, just a week before Palm Sunday and 10 days before the Easter Triduum, the Academy of Music hosted a performance by high school students in which the play’s characters were homosexuals and lesbians who substituted for Adam and Eve. The same characters continued with mocking the virgin birth and the nativity in Bethlehem. It was an occasion for cacophonous celebration in a place where same-sex originated. God, help us.

Frederick F. Becklo Jr.

Florence

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