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    "Haven't you read," he replied, that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and the two will become one flesh'?  So they are no longer two, but one.  Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."

    -- Matthew 19:4-6 NIV

    I have to assume that Bill the Voice of Catholicism On Earth has heard this passage; it's only used in pretty much every Christian marriage ceremony, and it wouldn't surprise me if Jewish weddings used the Genesis passage Jesus is quoting here.

    I suppose Donahue fixates on the first verse about "male and female" and ignores the rest of the passage, but let's look at the rest.

    I don't see anything about procreation.  I don't see anything about "Be Fruitful and Multiply".  I don't see anything about "The Woman Shall Be Saved By Chlidbearing" (and much as I like St. Paul, I have no idea what he was smoking when he wrote that.)

    No.  In this passage, in which as I said Jesus quotes from the Book of Genesis and which is probably the best known and most beloved verse about marriage in the Bible, Jesus says nothing about kids; but he does talk about a couple uniting and forming a special bond.  The man is no longer simply a part of an existing family, dependent on his parents.  He and his wife are now part of a new unity, a new family.

    Now, in Donahue's defense, the Modern notion of Romantic Love is largely irrelevant to marriage as it was practiced in the time of Jesus or in the time of Moses or for most of the history of the Catholic Church; and this passage doesn't explicitly mention Love either.

    But to my reading the idea of Love between the two people uniting in matrimony is certainly implicit in the Genesis passage Jesus quotes.  It certainly has more application to the idea of Love than it does to the idea of Procreation.

    Oh, and in the next verse Jesus condemns divorce; which as some of the other commenters have observed, Donahue seems to be less judgmental about.

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    by quarkstomper on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 05:30:10 PM PST

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