I was listening to this This American Life episode while folding the never-ending pile of laundry and one of the stories was about a Catholic priest who ended up filling in for parishes that lost their monk or priest due to scandal. This inadvertent career path completely changed his life as he learned about the church's involved history of scandal cover-ups and how many of his fellow priests were unable or unwilling to uphold their vows of chastity.
And I got to thinking--the Catholic church should go ahead and shut the heck up with any official stance on gay marriage. If anyone wants to squawk about the sanctity of marriage, it shouldn't be an organization that supports and protects priests who can't uphold their own vows to God.
So potentially pledging your wedding vows in front of someone that doesn't honor his own vows doesn't threaten the sanctity of marriage, but 2 people of the same sex sharing a last name and some legal rights does?
The whole "sanctity of marriage" argument is asinine. The only threats to the sanctity of marriage come from the 2 people involved in that marriage. Marriage as an institution isn't doing so hot on its own accord, I doubt the gays will screw things up much more than everyone else already has.
And I'm giving the church a break on the horrors of the pedophilia-related scandals for this post (and this post only) because even if you generalize that into not being able to honor their own vow of chastity, the level of hypocrisy is absurd!
The Catholic church needs a makeover in a major way and some empathy, acceptance and compassion for others would go far.