Part I – Man and Woman

Part I – Man and Woman


369 Man and woman have been created, which is to say, willed by God: on the one hand, in perfect equality as human persons; on the other, in their respective beings as man and woman. “Being man” or “being woman” is a reality which is good and willed by God: man and woman possess an inalienable dignity which comes to them immediately from God their Creator.240 Man and woman are both with one and the same dignity “in the image of God”. In their “being-man” and “being-woman”, they reflect the Creator’s wisdom and goodness.(CCC, 240 Gen 2:7, 22)

The excerpt above explains the blueprint for relationships that is clearly spelled out in Genesis. Man does not lie with another man or animal – his entire being was “willed” by God for the woman. No where else in God’s creation, did man “cry in wonder, exclaiming love and communion” (CCC 371) than in the first glance at “woman.” To be with anyone else is against the very nature that God created. Homosexuality and bestiality are in direct conflict with nature and a disorder of this world.

372 Man and woman were made “for each other” – not that God left them half-made and incomplete: he created them to be a communion of persons, in which each can be “helpmate” to the other, for they are equal as persons (“bone of my bones. . .”) and complementary as masculine and feminine. In marriage God unites them in such a way that, by forming “one flesh”,245 they can transmit human life: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.”246 By transmitting human life to their descendants, man and woman as spouses and parents cooperate in a unique way in the Creator’s work.247  (Cathechism of the Catholic Church, Gen 2:24, Gen 1:28)

We see the disorder all around us. It begins with relationships, then it spreads to marriages, to families, to society, to the nations, …to the very foundation God’s creation – the earth.

 (Look for Part II Subduing the Earth and Part II Our Roles as Man and Woman, coming soon)