What is also interesting about this video is its use of prooftexting, something one does not usually associate with the Roman Catholic Church. However, this video, from Catholic Answers, is intent on justifying some of that church’s distinctive and most problematic doctrines. Look up some of the biblical citations and see for yourself how well they support (or fail to support) the doctrines in question.
Which brings me back to Cardinal O’Brien. Maybe Catholics use prooftexting (and outright deception) more often than we Anglicans realize. In a letter to be read in all Scottish churches yesterday from the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland (of which O’Brien is the president), we find this:
In all things, we as Catholics look to Jesus Christ as our model and teacher. When asked about marriage He gave a profound and rich reply: “Have you not read that the Creator, from the beginning, ‘made them male and female’, and said: ‘This is why a man must leave father and mother and cling to his wife and the two become one body’.” (Matthew, 19:4-5)This is a clear instruction from Jesus that marriage must be between one man and one woman, right? Well, maybe not. Jesus was not, in fact, “asked about marriage.” He was asked about divorce. Here is Matthew 19: 3–5 (NRSV):
Some Pharisees came to him, and to test him they asked, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause?’ He answered, ‘Have you not read that the one who made them at the beginning “made them male and female”, and said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh”?The bishops are simply being deceptive and disingenuous here. The passage has nothing at all to say about gay marriage, which, presumably, was not a concern in Jesus’s time.
But let me return to the video. Although it is not an official product of the Roman Catholic Church, I believe it fairly represents the official positions of the church. As such, it offers an important lesson. That lesson is that ecumenical discussions with the Roman Catholic Church (e.g., those carried on by ARCIC, the Anglican—Roman Catholic International Commission) are a complete waste of time and money. The Roman Catholic Church, like the Borg in Star Trek, is not interesting in dialogue—and certainly not in compromise—but only in assimilation.