This is not a jest nor a trick. When I first saw an article which read: “Polyamory Becomes Law”, I guessed this was a thing that happened in some obscure country in Europe or on some small island somewhere in the Pacific. I was wrong. Somerville, Massachusetts, a city in the very country in which I was born (and also the most probably powerful on earth), actually legalized polyamorous domestic partnerships. This is different from a legal “marriage” insofar as the partners are not all legally considered family, but it has previously been a pathway in the United States to unions that are considered marriage (an example being in same-sex unions). Polyamory differs from polygamy insofar as it is not gender-specific. I do not mean to be the prophet of doom, but I would not be surprised if the other cities, states, and countries follow in its suit until polyamorous unions are considered the new-normal and anyone who opposes it is considered a judging conservative or a polyphobic traditionalist. Even if you do not live in the U.S., it has enough influence that it could easily spread and probably some countries will get to full legalization of “polyamorous marriage” nation-wide before the U.S. does. You may laugh at this now, but give it ten or twenty years (provided Our Lady does not get us out of this mess nor God inflict just judgment). I have heard from those older than I that transgenderism would have been thought just as absurd in their youths as polyamory is now. I can imagine a time when people will say: “What right have you to judge that I am in a marriage with more than one partner? If you do not like it, take only one spouse for yourself.” In that case, people will say that we are only holding to the ancient views spread by Christianity which infected our world for far too long—the view that marriage is between one man and one woman. After all, they will say, it is consensual. What could possibly be immoral about taking more than one partner if everyone agrees? At that time Christians will pull out their Bibles and point to King David, a man after God’s own heart, and his many wives. Martin Luther’s words, I guess, will resurface among Protestants who wish to accept it: “I confess that I cannot forbid a person to marry several wives, for it does not contradict the Scripture. If a man wishes to marry more than one wife he should be asked whether he is satisfied in his conscience that he may do so in accordance with the word of God. In such a case the civil authority has nothing to do in the matter.”🐷
So when did we get into such a state? I believe the answer is simple: the time when culture rejected God. Thus they saw nothing wrong with abusing the holy gift of conjugal relations. Contraception was considered acceptable, leading more people to take carnal relations for granted. People began to fornicate more often, but all contraception can fail. Next, abortion was legalized, so that the mother might murder her own child if contraception did not work. So relations were separated from reproduction in culture. Then came homosexuality.
Now concerning homosexuality and contraception, I have even heard Christians say: “Yes, they are abominable before God, but what of separation of Church and State? Can you think of any reason other than religion for which they should be illegal?” No, I cannot, but then I cannot think of any reason why murder should be illegal either. One might argue that it does harm to one’s neighbor, but I see no reason why doing evil to one’s neighbor should be considered illegal apart from religion as there is no such thing as morality apart from God. It is possible to separate the authority of the Pope over religious affairs from the authority of our civic leaders over secular affairs, but it is impossible to separate the citizen from the Christian in our souls.
Some say nowadays that there should be equality under the law between men and women and thus no distinction in marriage. They generally argue it to be consensual and so there should be no problem. Thus why not add more than two people? This is how I think polyamory was allowed. Can you give any reason apart from religion that marriage should be between two partners? People might say that biologically only two people together can have relations at once, but then only a man and a woman can have true relations together, not two men nor two women. Many people would not be happy with their spouses being with someone else as well, but as noted, polyamory is completely consensual. Nevertheless, homosexuality is allowed under the law. Marriage has been completely separated in modern culture as a reflection of Christ and the Church. Why not polyamory?
We need a revival at this point. We need Our Lord to pour out graces through the hands of our Blessed Mother. We need to pray that Pope Francis, in union with the bishops, consecrates Russia to the Immaculate Heart. We cannot know God’s timing, but His wrath cannot be held back forever.
Bonum Certamen Certemus
I am the Catholic of Honor
🐷Luther, Martin De Wette II, 459, 329-330