Deacon Fournier has an article up on Catholic Online where he discusses the latest assault on marriage by our President.
The President’s decision to no longer defend marriage is a threat to the common good and must be opposed.
The President’s Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters at an afternoon briefing that the President has always opposed the Defense of Marriage Act but that personally he is “still wrestling” with his view on “gay marriage.” This kind of false dichotomy between the President’s “personal opinion” and his executive leadership reminded me of his contrived “moral” struggle over abortion. President Obama is the most Pro-Abortion President in the history of the United States. His policies make that clear, no matter what his rhetoric tries to pretend. He still has the audacity to speak of his “moral” concerns over the matter. In 2008 he said, “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.” Now, look at what he has done. To use an old adage, he cries “crocodile tears.”
Here is the game plan: make defending life and marriage sound “religious” and then argue that “religious” positions have no place in public policy. However, the truth about human life is written in the Natural Law and confirmed by medical science. We operate on our youngest neighbors in the womb. We prosecute criminals who kill them during the commission of another crime. Defending the intentional killing of these children at any time and for any reason is based on a notion of “freedom” as a raw power over those who are vulnerable and not wanted. The civil law manufactured a profane “right” to kill them.
Now the assault on marriage is underway with full force. Marriage is not simply a “religious” construct. The Natural Law reveals – and the cross cultural history of civilization affirms – that marriage is between a man and a woman, open to children and intended for life. Marriage is the foundation for the family which is the privileged place for the formation of virtue and character in children, our future citizens. The family is the first society, first economy, first school, first civilizing and mediating institution and first government.
All other government grows out of – and must support and not usurp – the primacy of this first government, the marriage bound family. The effort to force giving equal legal status to relationships which are incapable of being marriages and using the Police Power of the State to enforce this new order is nothing less than a cultural revolution and does not serve the common good. Read more here.
I am at a loss as how to overturn the brave new world order that has been thrust upon us. The abortion war is a piece of cake compared to the the marriage war. The newest generation of ultra sound technology has helped to advance the Pro life stance.
We don’t have the equivalent of cute pictures in the fight against same sex marriage.
I struggle with this daily, how do we fight this attack ??? I dont know… My heart hurts daily because I would so much like to take on those who say if they are in love who are we to not allow them the same RIGHTS that we stright people have but can not come up with the words to say to them, I have to deal with it in my own Family and it makes me sad. I know what I would like to say but putting it into words is soo hard… So thankyou Susan for bloging on this…
Mary I sympathize with your struggle. I have friends with same sex attraction who have debated this with me. I held out my hand in friendship and said that I did not hate her, that I called her friend and recognized her many talents. I told her that I refused to call names or use derogatory words. I also told her I believed her intimated relationship with her partner was unnatural. She told me that I offended her and it hurt her deeply. I did not mean to hurt. So I do make every effort to also tell people that other relationships outside of marriage are wrong. I am opposed to divorce and opposite sex couples living together. But I love my daughter and would not shun her even though she is currently in a civil marriage that is not recognized by the church.
“We’re in a tight spot now boys” Ulysses, O Brother
The problem is that the term unconditional love is no longer understood as meaning, ” even though I disagree with you, I love you”. Unconditional love is now a synonym for unconditional approval.
But our Gospel mandate calls us to always speak the truth with great love. Not every one, however, can accept the truth. We live in a world where there are legions of Pontius Pilate’s who shrug their shoulders while saying “what is truth”.
We just have to keep on swimming against the tide.
swim across the Tiber 😉