Friday, June 24, 2011

Bishop Vasa: homosexual ‘marriage’ supporters misunderstand sex, human nature

by Kathleen Gilbert

Bishop Robert Vasa

SEATTLE, June 22, 2011 ( - Supporters of gay “marriage” fail to understand both the purpose of sex and the nature of human beings, said one Catholic bishop last week.

Bishop Robert Vasa, formerly of Baker, Oregon and now coadjutor bishop of Santa Rosa, California, spoke with on the topic at the U.S. bishops’ conference in Seattle. Asked to comment on the fight for same-sex “marriage,” Vasa indicated that the mainstream emphasis on equality and civil rights completely misses the point of the debate.

The real controversy, said Vasa, revolves around “a proper philosophical understanding of the nature of the human person, and the nature of sexual interaction between persons of the opposite sex.” It also stems from a general “failure to recognize and understand that sexual love is not about self-gratification and pleasure,” but about “entering into a relationship with another person which is by its nature capable of being fruitful.”

“In some ways homosexual relationships try to imitate [the marital relationship between a man and a woman], but that’s all it is: an imitation,” he said. “Some semblance of union which can never be fruitful or productive cannot really be an expression of love, it can only be an expression of self-gratification.”

While supporters “may not recognize this,” said Vasa, calling homosexual relationships by the name of marriage amounts to a “corruption” of an institution reserved for a union that is “faithful, permanent, and child-oriented.”

“Marriage is unique, it has its own internal dynamism and internal definition, and you cannot change the nature of a homosexual relationship by calling it ‘marriage,’” he said. “It is still not marriage, because marriage has its own identity, and we can’t take unto ourselves in this generation.”


  1. Vasa win = Church win.

  2. I wish we had a Bishop Vasa

  3. Almost all of us wish that we had a Bishop Vasa. Few of us do which is why the gay marriage legislation trumped in New york. It's excommunication time for pretend Catholic politicians.

  4. Excellent teaching and analysis. Thank you, Bishop Vasa.

  5. Why is the state involved in saying who is married anyway? The Bishop lays it out very well in a way the "state" could never. Legal arrangements of all kinds can be made binding with a lawyer. Take the state out of the picture and what do you want to bet "gay marriage" dies on the vine. The state validates a sacrament? Please. What's next? State baptism?

  6. The people in Massachusetts were denied the vote on same sex marriage.New York has done the same.The people have no say anymore. Even our bishops are silent. Afraid to make the truth known.We need more bishops like bishop Vasa.

  7. Thankyou your Excellency. Sure hope the Catholic dioceses of NH is blessed with a new bishop like you.

  8. Oh, how blessed we are to have Bishop Vasa here in Santa Rosa! He speaks right to the people in a way everyone can understand and 'shoots from the hip!' Well done, good and faithful servant!