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Courageous Bishop Paprocki Shows Us How To Contend for the Truth About Marriage Comments

The Bishop explained the truth about marriage. He presented the Natural Law basis for the defense of true marriage as normative for every society and culture. As well as being a good Bishop and top shelf theologian, he is a good lawyer. He explained the Civil and Canon Law issues surrounding the defense of marriage and defended our right to contend for this position in the publlic square.  This was a textbook ... Continue Reading

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  1. thomas gazda
    1 year ago

    I am a member of the Springfield Diocese and we are blessed to have Bishop Paprocki as our leader.

  2. Trinbagonian
    1 year ago

    Thank you author and thank you Bishop Paprocki. God's blessings on you as you move forward.

    Come Holy Spirit and reveal Truth to all of us. We do not know Your full Truth and we need You to reveal the Truth that all may hear and listen; for Truth and Love CANNOT be denied. Help us to proclaim the Truth too. Open our hearts, minds, and souls; awaken our very being; take over COMPLETELY. Speak to us Oh LORD! Our present and eternal lives depend on acceptance of Truth.
    Oh Holy Spirit, that we may know wrong and right always ... come.
    That we may be obedient ... come.
    That we may be faithful ... come.
    That we may believe ... come.
    That we may do Your will and no other ... come.
    That we may be stilled ... oh come!
    That we may love selflessly, not selfishly... come.
    That we may not lie, not even secretly in our hearts ... come.
    That we may be humbled ... come.
    That we may trust in total surrender and confidence ... come.
    That we may not care about worldly things but spiritual things ... come.
    That we may be One with the Father ... come.
    Save us Holy Spirit from further corruption, disaster, destruction, and descent eternal.
    Help us, that we may see the true fight and not wage war in our arrogance and sinfulness against God and each other. Release us from our own iniquitous tendencies. To praise God always ... AMEN.

  3. Rick
    1 year ago

    Thank you Bishop Paparocki - your reward awaits in Heaven - blessed the womb that brought you to life

  4. Priscilla Mbaka
    1 year ago

    Am very happy about this topic on marriage. One thing I fail to understand by these people is that they know the truth but closed their eyes to it. Like all the countries putting same marriage to law and asking them to adopt. Who will now give birth to the children they are going to adopt, is it not man and woman? Obviously this is encouraging child trafficking whereby people will give birth and begin to sell their children into the slavery of the devil. I think the white house and all these other countries will have cases to answer when the time comes.

    Thank you. May the good Lord continue to strengthen the Church the more.

  5. Janusz
    1 year ago

    How do we dare to compare a Sacrament of Marriage, an union of God, Wife and Husband to a relationship of the same-sex couples based largely on sex? Just think of it....

  6. abey
    1 year ago

    Remission of sins is no license to continue in the sin perpetually as projected by the Apostate sister, which is but to bring the precious blood of the Lamb to no effect, unto exhausting it. Sin is not accepting it to live in it to a justification, but recognizing it as a fatal error to be rid of it, through Christ.

  7. vance
    1 year ago

    This article informed us about a debate that occurred between Bishop Paprocki and Sr. Jeannine Gramick on Homosexual Marriage. This is more than a debate. It is WAR. It's been a war that has been ragging for the last 150+ years. I did some research and found interesting information on today's war against Marriage, the Church, and our Western Society.

    Pope Leo XIII wrote an encyclical “On Christian Marriage, Arcanum” on February 10, 1880. He states, “Christ’s “command” that marriage is meant to increase not just the human race, but also the Church ‘so that a people might be born and brought up for the worship and religion of the true God and our Savior Jesus Christ. Obviously then, the success of the family is crucial to the success of the Church’s mission. So, if you want to prevent the transmission of the Gospel, then the fundamental strategy is to liquidate the Christian Catholic Family. Satan thinks that if he can kill true family life, in which children are raised to fear and serve God, then the Church is finished. And as the Catholic Church and Catholic Family go, so goes society, enabling Satan to finally rule the world.”

    Vladimir Lenin knew this well. He is quoted as saying, “Destroy the family, you destroy the country.” By extension, destroy families around the world, and you abolish the existing social order. Karl Marx wrote the ‘The Communist Manifesto’ which was published on February 21, 1848. Marx declares war in the following terms:

    - The Communist Revolution involves the most radical rupture from traditional ideas.
    - Communism abolishes eternal truths, abolishes all religion and all morality.
    - Communists every where support every revolutionary movement against the existing social order.
    - Their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions.

    Pope Leo XIII states in 1880 that the Communists aimed to destroy Christian Marriage, and if they succeed, families and society would be driven into the “overthrow of order which is the wicked aim of the Socialists and Communists.”

    On October 13, 1917, Our Lady of Fatima warned the world via the three children about the Communists who were about to take power in Russia. “They will spread their errors throughout the world and they will persecute the Church.”

    Pope Pius XI, in his 1937 Encyclical ‘On Atheistic Communism, Divini Redemptoris, reported that Communist leaders openly boast that their goal is ‘to destroy Christian Civilization and the Christian Religion by banishing every remembrance of them from the hearts of men, especially the young. This is the struggle against Christian Civilization.”

    Pope Pius XII stated, “The nation has always drawn its strength, its courage, its honor from the healthy and virtuous family. If this is attacked in its religious and moral foundation, the way is open to the worst possible harm to social institutions, and to the nation itself.”

    Poe Pius XII stated, “From the family founded according to the divine will on the legitimate union of man and woman, Christ and the Universal Church, draw the ministers and apostles of the Gospel, the priests and heralds who nourish the faithful and cross the seas to enlighten and save souls.”


    Pope John Paul II said, “The Christian Family is the first community called to announce the Gospel to the human person. Christian Marriage and the Christian Family build up the Church.”

    The WAR is now ragging across all of Western Society. The Secularists/Marxists/Communists are making an all out attack to bring down our country as our Holy Fathers the Pope had well articulated. They undeniably have made great progress to their end. We most get off our couches and get active in our churches and politics to defeat this attack. What can you do you ask?? You can join Pro-Life/Respect Life Groups at your local church. Talk to those people who organize First Friday Adorations and prayer groups. Attend school district board meetings, city council meetings. Get involved. It is your Right and you are entitled to it. To sit and do nothing is to forfeit the game to the enemy.

  8. Greg
    1 year ago

    At the end everything is about Love, and the only True Love is Sacrificial Love for the other one - for the neighbor. We all want to be loved. Every single person. We want to be loved because we are created by God, who is Love, for Himself - for Love. This is what we are created for. The tragedy, and yet, a gift, is that out of free will, we can refuse to Love. Tragedy for we desire to feel Love, for it is our source of life. We cannot, however, feel love if we don't love. That feeling comes from giving, and not receiving. We will receive it only when we give. That is a straight forward and simple deal. No gimmick, not tricks. Plain Truth. Christ died for everyone, but His death will be worth only to those who want to accept this gift. Many gay people are standing in front of the same decision as straight people - do I fall into temptations of my body, and use others, or I am going to Love the other, and treat as a person who has right to live the life of purpose. We all have this issue. We all are self loving (original sin) and all are having self-will (that is why having spiritual directors is so good to have.) Are we willing to be blind, or use all Sacraments the Church has for us, in order to change? Do we want God? Do we want to see Jesus. Now? Or 'whatever'? If the answer is 'whatever' then maybe we do not want Him? Maybe we want hell?

  9. Clinton C. Somerton
    1 year ago

    Our greatest blindness in the homosexual issue is believing the people are immutably homosexual -- that their sexual inclinations are an expression of their deepest identity and, by implication, a "gift" of God. But if we reflect on the doctrine of Original Sin -- that our nature is fallen and debased by our rebelliousness under the influence of Satan -- then it becomes possible to see that that the "lived experiences" of people are not a de facto justification for their actions. What is needed is not uncritical affirmation based on sentiment, but a love that sees the Image of God behind the sexual masks we hide under -- pornography, pre-marital and extra-marital sex, homosexuality, pedophilia, etc.

    Christ comes to heal us and set us free, and that means letting go of our cherished labels and excuses and surrendering them at the foot of the Cross. Statistics will never invite people to come to the Cross; only the love of Jesus and the light of the Holy Spirit will do that.

    Yours in the love of Christ,

    Clinton

  10. Tom McGuire
    1 year ago

    I read the talk of Bishop Paparocki. It is a great legal philosophical talk. Unfortunately, the debate was an unfair one. He speaks of philosophy and law; Sister Gramick spoke from a pastoral point of view. I found little pastoral in the Bishop's talk, and of course there was no link to Gramick's talk.

    The Bishop did not convince me that the recognition of same sex relationships puts marriage in danger. Today more than ever, arguments require data for the contemporary person. I assume that if one looked at the data, one would conclude that infidelity infidelity of husband and wife is the greatest danger to marriage. Why is it seldom a topic of any article on Catholic Online? How about the danger of the "dollar" as Francis, the Bishop of Rome, often talks about. How does that put marriage and the family in danger? There is little talk of that on Catholic Online.

    There is a great need to debate issues, philosophy, theology, and law play a part, but so is need to engage with people in terms of their lived experience of people. A gospel example, the woman caught in adultery. The Bishop makes reference to some experience, but little reference to the lived experience of people living with the reality of being homosexual. I always look for the compassion of the speaker to those living in conditions that the Church says are sinful. Today's second reading says: "Christ died for sinful men". How did the talk engage pastorally with those living out life as homosexual persons? Was Jesus Christ presented as the truth and the light? I did not get the message that Jesus died for those the Church calls sinful.


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