Nothing stirs the spirits of anti-family forces like the marriage of young adults. No, I’m not speaking of teen marriage, a taboo bridge we’d crossed long ago. I was half tempted to write “…the marriage of people before middle age,” but that would have been too provocative by half. For all the talk of Humana Vitae of bringing others into the sex act, it seems anymore others are being brought into the sex act to create fertility rather than obfuscate it.
Bringing about this ire seems to be a rather innocuous op-ed in the Wash Post stating the obvious. The obvious is that making a family has taken a backseat to other needs. These other needs turn out not to be all that important in making a marriage last. Peter Suderman over at the American Scene can manage to concede, “So for those who want children, there might be some very small benefit to early marriage.” Mr. Gobry, also writing at the American Scene, feels the need to defend his lifestyle choice of marrying young without being able to bring himself to state that some choices are better than others. To wit, “I think people should get married whenever the hell they want. Diff’rent strokes for diff’rent folks and all that.” And one wonders why liberal catholics have no difficulty seeing erecting a firewall at gay marriage as the arbitrary and ultimately impotent act it is.
The thing is that one needn’t be Catholic to consider ingratiating society to Peter Pan Syndrome is destructive. Every society that has managed to persist on earth has very strong traditions and taboos regarding the bringing forth and forming of children. As we cavalierly abandon those, I’m afraid we are going to regret the society that forms.