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Can I witness a gay marriage?

Catholic theologians as a group teach that marriage can only be between one man and one woman, and Canon #1055 clearly indicates marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman ordered, not just to the well-being of the spouses, but also to the procreation and upbringing of children.

Your instincts to offer support and friendship are good. But your friend is apparently asking you to approve and support him in doing something both immoral and illegal. I do not see how I could possibly advise you it is morally permissible to act as a kind of quasi-official ceremonial witness to a same-sex marriage--whatever that means or implies.

To do that would seem to condone an immoral relationship and the sinful actions involved, where the conscience of your friend really needs changing. To participate in such a ceremony can hardly be less than scandalous. I would judge it objectively seriously evil.

However your friend has resolved his conscience, he should respect yours and hardly expect you to act against it.

I suggest your response should be that you want to be a friend, and that you care for your friend's happiness, but you cannot act against your own conscience and hope he will not expect you to.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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John Vianney: A man with vision overcomes obstacles and performs deeds that seem impossible. John Vianney was a man with vision: He wanted to become a priest. But he had to overcome his meager formal schooling, which inadequately prepared him for seminary studies. 
<p>His failure to comprehend Latin lectures forced him to discontinue. But his vision of being a priest urged him to seek private tutoring. After a lengthy battle with the books, John was ordained. </p><p>Situations calling for “impossible” deeds followed him everywhere. As pastor of the parish at Ars, John encountered people who were indifferent and quite comfortable with their style of living. His vision led him through severe fasts and short nights of sleep. (Some devils can only be cast out by prayer and fasting.) </p><p>With Catherine Lassagne and Benedicta Lardet, he established La Providence, a home for girls. Only a man of vision could have such trust that God would provide for the spiritual and material needs of all those who came to make La Providence their home. </p><p>His work as a confessor is John Vianney’s most remarkable accomplishment. In the winter months he was to spend 11 to 12 hours daily reconciling people with God. In the summer months this time was increased to 16 hours. Unless a man was dedicated to his vision of a priestly vocation, he could not have endured this giving of self day after day. </p><p>Many people look forward to retirement and taking it easy, doing the things they always wanted to do but never had the time. But John Vianney had no thoughts of retirement. As his fame spread, more hours were consumed in serving God’s people. Even the few hours he would allow himself for sleep were disturbed frequently by the devil. </p><p>Who, but a man with vision, could keep going with ever-increasing strength? In 1929, Pope Pius XI named him the patron of parish priests worldwide.</p> American Catholic Blog The most beautiful and spontaneous expressions of joy which I have seen during my life were by poor people who had little to hold on to. –Pope Francis

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