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Archbishop Nienstedt is Right, Satan Does Seek to Destroy Marriage Comments

Today, many evil forces have set their sights on the dissolution of marriage and the debasing of family life.  Sodomy, abortion, contraception, pornography, the redefinition of marriage, and the denial of objective truth are just some of the forces threatening the stability of our civilization.  The source of these machinations is none other than the Father of Lies. Satan knows all too well the value that the family contributes to the ... Continue Reading

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  1. Hortensia
    1 year ago


    Why isn't "divorce" being mentioned in the list of factors contributing to the dissolution of marriage and the debasement of family life? Why is "indissolubility" mentioned?

    I'll tell you why: this is the beam in our Catholic eyes, the fig leaf. Let me be oh so righteous and full of myself while I go about condemning all those "bad" people out there, but let me, my child, my siblings, parents get annulled at will.

    For sure sodomy, abortion, contraception, pornography, the redefinition of marriage, and the denial of objective truth are most grievous sins, but if we want to have an impact in the world we have to start with OURSELVES. Of course, Catholics, practicing Church-going Catholics are as much into abortion, the pill, pornography, gay rights and the denial of objective truth as any other demographic group. So the only course of action is to start by cleaning house: back to the Scripture, one man-one woman-forever.

    Everything else is nothing but self-delusion and a waste of time.

  2. Ony
    1 year ago

    @ Hortensia, please take your time to read it again; the bishop talked about 'dissolution of marriage' which clearly indicates -DIVORCE.

    -"Today, many evil forces have set their sights on the DISOLUTION OF MARRIAGE and the debasing of family life. Sodomy, abortion, contraception, pornography, the redefinition of marriage, and the denial of objective truth are just some of the forces threatening the stability of our civilization"-

    As a true Christ follower, regardless of your denomination, the laws of the Lord should be written in our hearts( if we follow the clear dictates of the holy spirit he will teach us all truth and guide us in the way we should live our life), then we need not to be told what is right or wrong because you would naturally, run away from all appearances of evil and the only way we could have such constant connection with God is through daily PRAYERS... but the bitter truth is that so many of us have shut our minds away from the TRUTH and have decided to follow our own WILL.

    Lets keep praying for the conversion of souls and also the Holy Catholic church which is going through a lot of persecution this age, and also her leaders.

    God bless the Catholic church and her leaders, and one thing is sure, the gates of hell shall never prevail, the church is marching on!...

    May God help us all...Amen

  3. JohnN
    1 year ago

    All these evils listed in this article are indeed attacking regular marriage. But I see no reference to the two things that have had the MOST negative impact on regular marriage since virtually the dawn of time. They are divorce and heterosexual lust. Every age, long before 'gay marriage' became an issue, has seen and suffered from these two problems and their impact is far, far greater than the evils that I see mentioned in this article.

  4. Roy
    1 year ago

    Its very true and the same is said in Letters of St Pauls about Sodomy ,homosexual and Divorce

  5. Tom McGuire
    1 year ago

    In response, here is a quote from the National Catholic Reporter. The article describes an interview Francis, Bishop of Rome, had with editors of Jesuit publications. It does respond to the difference I perceive in the pastoral approach of Archbishop Niendstedt and Francis, Bishop of Rome. The difference has nothing to do with doctrine, but with pastoral emphasis. Niendstedt comes from the point of view of teaching dogma (didache); Francis' comes from the point of view of (kerygma). For more explanation of Francis' view see the Aparacida 2007 Document from the Fifth meeting of Latin American Bishops.

    The NCR reports that Francis, Bishop of Rome, ...defends himself against criticism that he hasn't taken a sufficiently tough line on the culture wars, especially abortion.

    "We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods," he says in the interview. "I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that."

    He indicates, however, he's not likely to change approach.

    "It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time," Francis says, "especially because the teaching of the church on these matters is already clear.

    More generally, the pope says Catholic leaders must find a "new balance" between their primary spiritual mission and their involvement in contentious political questions, warning that if they don't, the church's foundation will "fall like a house of cards."

  6. Maimonides
    1 year ago

    I never said that Catholics should renounce all their beliefs or offer them as some sort of "buffet". I merely suggest that Catholics take a leaf out of Judaism's book and realize that "revelation comes once; the effort to understand it goes on forever." If Scripture is closed to dialogue then it's dead. As Pope Francis said today, the real purpose of the Church is to show mercy and compassion to all - if a reading of Scripture promotes unkindness it should be reevaluated.

  7. Jerzy Gawor
    1 year ago

    "Marriage and the family are institutions that must be promoted and defended from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature, since whatever is injurious to them is injurious to society itself."

    And satan knows this, which is why we have such unprecedented 'persecution, scorn and ridicule' poured on what we call Traditional marriage and family from every angle.

    However, it is important to remember that the devil is already crushed, vanquished, defeated through the Precious Blood of our Saviour, and while he and his minions continue to cause as much damage as they can they are utterly powerless in the face of the Truth - Jesus Christ.

    Stay firm in your Faith and the devil will flee from your home and your life. Don't invite him in through the open doors of the popular media, current fashion and dissent from the teaching of our Holy Mother the Church. Pray the Rosary especially as a family, I cannot express how important that is to family life. It has helped our family through many a crisis and continues to do so to this day.

    The Rosary will clear demons faster from your home than household bleach kills germs. Very similar germs and demons - both harm the individual!

    Our Lady Queen of the Family - Ora pro nobis

  8. Rush
    1 year ago

    May God bless Archbishop Nienstedt and give him, and others of the Church like him, the strength and the courage, and, yes, the love, to speak the truth; truth that is built upon the eternal Rock rather than upon the shifting sands of the popular culture of the moment.

  9. Gabriela
    1 year ago

    I applaud Bishop Nienstedt for speaking God's word.
    The world has already reinterpreted, rearranged, twisted God's word enough times. There needs to be no confusion as to where the Church stands. Truth must be spoken with clarity and charity.

    His tone was not accusatory, he simply stated the obvious state of our society. I am glad he spoke about divorce and the consequences of it.

    Atheists, abortionists and liberal do not speak in ways that are " open to reinterpretation and, at times, even discussions of alternate viewpoints", do they? Why then should the Church be expected to expose its teachings in a 'spiritual buffet take what you want of it' manner?

    Catholics who use the excuse of "I don't want to impose my views on anyone" are really doing us young people a disservice. We would expect older Catholics to be examples of faith but in reality, older generations of Catholics tend to be prime examples of "I'm Catholic, but..."

  10. Tess
    1 year ago

    So many people confuse the meaning of 'love'. Some think to be Christian we must love everyone regardless. That is only ok up to a point. (Love the person, not his sin etc.). Above all the slicing and dicing of the meaning of 'love' must come first our love for Jesus Christ. If we love Him as we should then we should obey His teachings. Otherwise we are Catholics of the cafeteria kind. If we truly love our brothers and sisters then we do not want them to divide themselves from Christ. That includes telling the truth about the homosexual lifestyle and the practice of sodomy. Both practices are indeed demonic and must be condemned. To accept, to turn a blind eye and not condemn is not practicing love for our brothers and sisters. Let honesty be the best policy so we each have a clear conscience.

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