Are we bigger than our bodies?

Pope Benedict XVI said, no, we are not in his annual Christmas message to the world, one of his most important speeches of the year, where he once again proclaimed that same-sex marriage is destroying “the essence of humanity.”

“People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given to them by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being,” he said at the Vatican. “They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves.”

He further went on to say, “When freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker himself is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God.”

Could it be, as Pope Benedict suggests, that life truly is a shallow existence of “what you get is what you get”?

What would the Pope tell a child born a hermaphrodite, a condition in which someone is born with both female and male sex organs – a body given to him by God, by the way? Too bad? You deserve no one? Or perhaps the contrary: “Lucky you, you can have a relationship with whoever you want”?

And what about the Pope himself who has been “defined” by God as a male, given a penis, and yet chooses not to fall in line with that “identity” and chooses not to express romantic love to a female and chooses not to enter into intimate relationships? According to his own definition, is he not “denying” his own “nature” that God intended for him to share in intimacy with a woman and to reproduce? Is he not participating in his own freedom and creativity in an effort to self-define who he is and what he believes about why he is here?

Aren’t we ALL doing that very same thing?

Why are we being told to feel bound to our physicality when it comes to S-E-X, but celebrated when we demonstrate our capacity for greatness beyond our bodies in other ways?

My friend, Mark, whose body is partially paralyzed and riddled with unrelenting pain – again, the body given to him by God — climbed 108 floors of the Sears Tower in Chicago…and plans to do it again this year. I imagine it would be quite difficult to find anyone who would say Mark has “stripped himself of his dignity” by creating a new definition of himself that expanded far beyond his physicality.

But again, I get it. We are talking about the unspeakable, the shameful, the only-talked-about-in-a-whisper topic of S-E-X.

However, the Pope’s declaration of “Gay marriage, like abortion and euthanasia, is a threat to world peace” appears to be falling upon deaf ears as the Constitutional Court in largely Roman Catholic Spain upheld the law legalizing gay marriage last month, the British government announced it will introduce a bill next year legalizing gay marriage, and in France, President Francois Hollande has said he would enact his “Marriage for Everyone” plan within a year of taking office last May.

These are the visionaries, the writers of our New Cultural Story, the mold-shatterers and rule-breakers who do not believe in a God that makes mistakes. They are not buying into the twisted idea that God would create something so extraordinary and then make it wrong.

What these New Cultural Story global authors do believe in is Love. They do not believe same-sex marriage is destroying the essence of humanity, but rather that it IS the essence of humanity. They believe that love transcends everything and is denied to no one, that Love that has no rules and is certainly not reserved for only a select few to be experienced in a select way, and that the biggest continuing threat to world peace is not found, as Pope Benedict suggested, within the loving union of a same-sex partnership, but rather in a belief system that embraces and promotes a vengeful and judgmental God.

(Lisa McCormack is the Managing Editor & Administrator of The Global Conversation. She is also a member of the Spiritual Helper team, a website offering emotional and spiritual support. To connect with Lisa, please e-mail her at

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  • Erin/IAm

    Lisa…the ol’ boy can sure twist some panties, can’t he?:)
    And obviously, his God thinks little of the ‘nature’ of some of His robed-ones who like them in chlid size…Oh, but perhaps because they have no intent to ‘marry’ the Littles they accost.(?)

    Junk & noise (no pun intended)…Silly man stuff…all around. I still cannot fathom the ‘legality’ of a personal relationship. This aspect of Life simply does not belong on the puppet lines of a governance or a legal system…For what purpose?…Other than to support the delusion of ‘need’, which often grows into the beast of ‘greed’.(?)

    The most Amazing thing that could occur right now is that All same-sex partners…All hetero partners…All polygamous partnerships…simply go their special ways & do ‘their thing’ as if no Laws need exist…as if no grand attentions need be spurred…as if their personal relationship as One was more important than any such contrivances.

    A true Love would have no care for asset disbursement ‘if’ the deal broke down…It would, without second thought, seek the well-being of Littles involved…It would support the freedom & well-being of All involved. I do not See where laws encourage any of this…else there would be no need for ‘divorce courts’ & divorce-specialized lawyers, yes? Ooops…a few more job seekers on the market…in this case, that would be a sign of true evolving!

    The name-changing thing should go out the window, too…This began as a show of ownership, as did the ring thing support that…Glad ‘branding’ was not introduced, but I bet it was thought about during man’s night out at the pub!

    People are so funny. Laws…the epitome of slavery to a system…supported by a specie heaven-bent on Freedom…Go figure! This cracks me up!;)

    Thanks for the space to rant a bit, Lisa…Good Journey!:)

  • Dennis

    When would we even listen to an old, old man who has no sex drive (and probably never did)??

    This so called man of God as Cardinal Ratzinger was guilty of endorsing the church( does not deserve a capital) to hide, cosset and pardon pedophile priests, and was also head of the department that is a continuation of the Inquisition!him

    How any decent person could give any credence to anything he says beats me, I reckon he should be tried for crimes against Humanity, not be in a position to be a so called leader.

    He is not one to give advice at all.

    But with the twisted,distorted thinking that is Christianity esp Catholicism, and most other organized religions there is little hope until such ‘cancer’ is loved out of influence through the New Spirituality, and the sooner the better.

    Same sex marriage, sexual liberation is taboo to a lot of religious people, this is a distorted view, but is the answer to welcome ‘anything goes’ as most things considered taboo in our western society are an integral part of some other cultures. Not everything from other cultures/societies/viewpoints should be welcome carte blanche.

    What is the way to bring about Oneness? I don’t think it is accepting everything willy – nilly.

  • Laura Pringle

    People are denying their natures, huh? Obviously, he doesn’t have any close associations with gay people, or he would see how clearly their natures are being honored when they accept and express their gay-ness. When you are around gay people, you can tell they feel that way deep down to their very core, and they are not pretending, or adopting some fake identity just to out-do God.
    His ideas are obviously based on ignorance, and a refusal to accept homosexuality. In case he and many of the other old traditionalists haven’t noticed, our mainstream media is promoting gay people like never before. And the majority of the youth of our societies have a great tolerance for homosexuality. It’s just a matter of time until the people in power who can’t accept it are no longer in power, replaced by those who can…

  • Willie

    Very loving thoughts being shared here!

  • Margaret Placentra Johnston

    I keep trying to hear signs of a “bigger story” in the proclamations of traditional religious leaders, and sometimes, in some places I hear it. But this poor Pope seems hellbent (no pun intended) on continually calling his followers back into the smaller story of religious literalism. Here only one Church is right. The Pope is still considered literally infallible (?) All those who don’t fit the traditional mold are to be excluded from various life graces. And the God of this type of religion is only big enough to love a small part of his creation.

    But society is quickly outgrowing this way too small God and this far too small story. The longer this Pope continues to bury his head in the ground, the more irrelevant his Church becomes to today’s people.