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280 • Part II. The Sacraments: The Faith Celebrated


Jesus brought to full awareness the divine plan for marriage.

In John’s Gospel, Christ’s first miracle occurs at the wedding in

Cana. “The Church attaches great importance to Jesus’ presence

at the wedding at Cana. She sees in it the confirmation of the good-

ness of marriage and the proclamation that thenceforth marriage

will be an efficacious sign of Christ’s presence” (CCC, no. 1613).

Jesus unequivocally taught the indissolubility of marriage:

Some Pharisees approached him, and tested him, saying, “Is it

lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?”

He said in reply, “Have you not read that from the beginning

the Creator ‘made them male and female’ and said, ‘For this rea-

son a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his

wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer

two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no

human being must separate. (Mt 19:3-6)

St. Paul reinforces Christ’s teaching on marriage. “A wife should not

separate from her husband and a husband should not divorce his wife”

There are attempts by some in contemporary society to change

the definition or understanding of what exactly constitutes

marriage. Efforts to gain approval for and acceptance of same-

sex unions as marriages are examples. While the Church clearly

teaches that discrimination against any group of people is wrong,

efforts to make cohabitation, domestic partnerships, same-sex

unions, and polygamous unions equal to marriage are misguided

and also wrong. The Church and her members need to continue

to be a strong and clear voice in protecting an understanding of

marriage, which is rooted in natural law and revealed in God’s law.