Senator Portman Forgot: Difficult Times Don’t Change Moral Truths

Ohio’s Republican senator, Rob Portman, has experienced much emotional turmoil since his son’s admission a couple of years ago that he is a homosexual.  For any Christian such as the senator, this brings a torrent of conflicting emotions.  One encounters the dilemma of how to show unconditional love and support for a family member while being consistent with moral truths.

Senator Portman’s announcement that he is now in favor of same-sex “marriage” is a sad example of how difficult it can be to be loyal to Truth when experiencing great distress.  His statement, “It’s a change of heart from the position of a father” and “I
think we should be allowing gay couples the joy and stability of marriage”1 show the strong feelings of this situation.  The troubling reality is that feelings are not reliable guides for discernment.

This is not the time to quote the Biblical verses which are clear that sexual relations outside of a valid marriage between one man and one woman are not permissible.  For non-believers, simply look to Natural Law for a similar secular conclusion.

We Christians recall that Christ gave Peter “the keys to Heaven” and what he declared bound or loosed on earth would be bound or loosed in Heaven.  This, however, did not include the authority to change the Ten Commandments.  And none of us have such authority, no matter how compassionate we think we are being.2

This is certainly not a condemnation of Senator Portman or his son, for this Sunday’s gospel reminds us that none of us are qualified to do so.3  Rather, this is to encourage us to ask for the fortitude we need in times of great difficulty.  May we have the strength to choose God’s commands, which produce eternal happiness, over our feelings which can mislead us into opposing Him.

Cincinnati Enquirer, 3/15/2013, article by Deidre Shesgreen
2 – The senator’s use of “allowing” points to the problem.  Marriage is not our creation;
therefore, we aren’t in a position to permit alterations.
3 – For non-Catholics, today’s gospel for the 5th Sunday in Lent dealt with Jesus’ response to those who wanted him to publically condemn the woman caught in adultery (John, all of chapter 8).


5 thoughts on “Senator Portman Forgot: Difficult Times Don’t Change Moral Truths

  1. Ugh. This is so sad to me. I don’t think people realize the implications of changing the definition of marriage will have on the culture, the family. But that didn’t stop society from going that way on contraception, no-fault divorce and abortion. All these things hurt the fabric of society. I hate to say this but I feel we have lost this marriage debate here in the u.s. and it’s just a matter of time. People don’t get it, don’t look at the bigger picture. But like with the election the people will get what they want unfortunately.

    • I agree that it’s not looking good. Of course, as we know with our various addictions (mine was/is? of a non-substance abuse), we don’t change direction until we hit rock-bottom. (which is what a paper mill general manager told us in a group years ago — when he revealed he was a recovering alcoholic)
      We know the Church will prevail. What remains to be seen is whether Western society will. Perhaps, when it hits the bottom, we’ll see a true reformation. 🙂

      • Addiction is addiction is addiction. All the same. I would sometimes think non substance abuse would be harder as you can’t stay away from it like we can from alcohol. Have a great day Tony!

  2. Honey;

    Your articles just keep getting better and better! One suggestion: invlidr scripture reference fot #3


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