The Meaning of Marriage

by György Heidl

They are going to be disappointed, those who are hoping that, as concerns the theology of marriage and questions of sexual ethics, Pope Francis is going to soften the “strict” teaching of the church on the purity and sanctity of marriage.

catacombe_di_san_gennaro_fresco_Theotecnus_Hilaritas_Nonnosa_VIcEspecially as concerns the recognition of same sex marriage, we ought not to expect even a slight concession. Many have pinned great hope on the oft quoted, deeply humane, but thoroughly distorted comment by Pope Francis, “who am I to judge them if they’re seeking the Lord in good faith.” But these people overlook the pope’s first encyclical, where he emphatically affirms the clear teaching of the church. According to Francis, the union of man and woman in marriage “is born of their love, as a sign and presence of God’s own love, and of the acknowledgment and acceptance of the goodness of sexual differentiation, whereby spouses can become one flesh, and are enabled to give birth to a new life, a manifestation of the Creator’s goodness, wisdom and loving plan” (Lumen fidei 52).

György Heidl writes more about the meaning of marriage in the first issue of Principium.

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Ethnicity as a Theological Concept

by H. David Baer

reformatus templom In Eastern Europe religious and national identity often overlap with one another. Many Christians in Eastern Europe affirm this overlapping as a way to reinforce and preserve national identities. One such Eastern European is László Tőkes, Bishop of the Hungarian Reformed Church in Romania. Bishop Tőkes professes an intrinsic link between his identity as a Christian and his identity as a Hungarian, and he does so in a way that is both thoughtful and provocative. This essay examines the thought of Bishop Tőkes and argues that his theological affirmation of Hungarian identity is theologically coherent and well-reasoned. Read the full article here!

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