Nelson must be and now is overruled, and the State laws challenged by Petitioners in these cases are now held invalid to the extent they exclude same-sex couples from civil marriage on the same terms and conditions as opposite-sex couples. Its true meaning is only found by fulfilling your wedding vows. Because the rule of clerical celibacy is a law and not a doctrine, exceptions can be made, and it can, in principle, be changed at any time by the Pope. It is disordered to separate them. I wanted him to be doing exegesis from Scripture when making theological arguments, not appealing to the Church Fathers. Members of His Mystical Body may commit grave sins or fall away into heresy or even apostasy. This Court first gave detailed consideration to the legal status of homosexuals in Bowers v. Hodge seeks to distinguish his position from the Restorationists by delaying and diminishing the degree of apostasy. But the Church responded to this challenge by appealing to apostolic succession. Moreover, in the countries of Southeast Asia practicing Theravada Buddhism, a tradition exists of young men becoming ordained as monks for brief periods typically a few weeks and generally no more than a year upon completing education, but then leaving monastic life, and continuing to return to the monastery for short periods of reflection even after marriage if the wife consents. The tradition of clerical continence developed into a practice of clerical celibacy ordaining only unmarried men from the 11th century onward among Latin Church Catholics and became a formal part of canon law in But if they are not practicing self-control, they should marry. From my point of view at that time, the early Church had somehow been led astray from the finished work of Christ and come to believe in what I thought was a magical conception of the sacraments, presumably also imported from paganism. You've got to live an obedient life, but for every mistake you've made, there's mercy there, and I believe we can do better. Remember who is your head and of whose body you are a member. His interpretation picks out what counts as tradition, and then this tradition informs his interpretation.