‘Same-Sex Marriage’ Is Not Marriage| National Catholic Register

Archbishop Jerome Lloyd OSJVPosted by

Confusion of language is confusion of thought. We cannot take two different things and call them both ‘marriage.’

There are a few famous paradoxes from the pre-Socratic philosopher Zeno of Elea which try to prove that motion is not possible. He was a disciple of Parmenides, who taught that all change is an illusion and that true reality is the unchanging One. 

One of the paradoxes begins with the statement that it is impossible to complete infinity. This seems to be true. If a road is infinitely long, one can never reach the end of it. The next premise states that there is an infinite number of points between any two locations. In other words, if you try to walk from your chair to the door, you must pass through an infinite number of points. The conclusion: it is impossible to move between any two points because that would be to complete the infinity of points between those two locations.

When I explain this paradox to my students, I conclude that, as a result, they will never be able to leave the classroom because there is an infinite number of points between them and the door.

Confused looks pervade most of the room, but a few of them grow an expression of fear and dismay.

‘Same-Sex Marriage’ Is Not Marriage| National Catholic Register

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