So often in contemporary Catholic and Christian circles, there is a tendency to abandon any reference to Christ and his Church when debating thorny marriage issues in our culture. For those of us in Australia who have not suffered the judicial over-reaching that was witnessed in the US, the debate is still open. Yet, those who engage publicly in it are quickly eaten up and spat out by the media monster.
The predetermined terms of the discussion and the brazen sloganeering of same-sex “marriage” advocates have left any alternative voice struggling to be heard in the sound bite media culture.
This past Sunday’s Gospel (cf. Mk 10:2-16), however, is instructive on many counts (not least of which concerns the Synod, which began on the same day!) When the Pharisees tried to trip Jesus up over whether Moses was right to permit divorce, he reframed the discussion and used it as a teaching moment.