Co-blogger Darwin has a remarkably clear sighted post at his blog which lays out just how the Church will come under attack in the wake of the Supreme Court decision mandating gay marriage:
There’s a group out there which is very, very determined to win cultural and moral legitimacy for homosexual relationships, and to punish those who do not share those beliefs. Currently that group is at the cultural helm. In time, it will crumble and lose its ascendancy simply because it is not compatible with the realities of human nature. However, until that happens, the marriage equality group will not be satisfied by seeing Catholic priests stop signing civil marriage licenses, while continuing to celebrate religious marriage ceremonies only for opposite sex couples. They’re not stupid, and it’s recognition they want, not getting priests to stop signing a form for straight couples. Nor would “separating” civil and religious marriage be coherent from a Catholic point of view. Indeed, a non-Catholic couple who get married in front of a city clerk are (absent obstacles such as already being married to someone else or being of the same sex) viewed by the Church as being married, since the Church does not recognize there as being two levels of marriage. So the idea of “getting out of the civil marriage business” fails to protect us from the looming threat, while at the same time abandoning our Catholic principles as to the nature of marriage. There is no reason to do it.
Go here to read the brilliant rest.
This fight we are in will not be resolved by tricks, “we simply won’t participate in the civil side of marriage”, or a delusional retreat from the world, “the Benedict option”, but rather by a whole hearted reconversion by Catholics to being Catholic. Persecution will help in this process, as it usually has, by making Catholicism not a safe, comfortable choice of life, but what it in reality always has been: a radical leap of faith in Christ. A Faith that demands much is quite powerful and attractive to converts, while a Faith that demands little, and that is what Catholicism has been for the past half century, is a Faith in trouble. Faith and courage will see us through, as they have over the past 2000 years, as we go about the task of making disciples of all the nations.