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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

    "Sodomy, abortion, contraception, pornography, the redefinition of marriage and the denial of objective truth...."

    Really? Did we not forget something, Your Eminence? How about the one thing that Jesus did mention repeatedly, in all four gospels? Because I never read that He said anything about sodomy, abortion, contraception, pornography or the redefinition of marriage. But He did condemn, numerous times, DIVORCE.

    If we want to go back to the basics, to the Gospel, how come this never comes up?

  2. Maimonides
    1 year ago

    I agree with Tom. If the ultimate meaning of Christianity is love, as so many people seem to like to say it is, then other people and their decisions must always be approached with the utmost kindness. The Catholic church will continue to lose ground if it continues to approach the issues of the day with what can only be described as close-mindedness. I completely understand standing firm on the teachings of the Church; the problem I have is that the teachings of the Church seem to be completely closed to reinterpretation and, at times, even discussions of alternate viewpoints.

  3. Don Roberto
    1 year ago

    I will add my prayers to those for his Excellency. He says it as it is. May God grant courage and wisdom to all our bishops.

    Keep your kids away from the TV! The messages of the evil one permeate most of what comes from all media. Hollywood is governed by Hedon and mammon.

  4. mike robertson
    1 year ago

    Let us not forget that the Holy Father himself said that attempts to redefine marriage to include same-sex unions were designed by the Father of Lies. For low-information readers, "Father of Lies" refers to Satan.

    How could a devout Catholic disagree with the Pope or the Archbishop? It should not matter at all if we, a loved one, or a friend engages in this particular form of sexual perversion. God's laws are not dependent on our or anyone elses acceptance of them. And to think that some Catholics are all for twisting the minds of our children into thinking that this lifestyle is noble and glorious. God have mercy on us.

  5. Deborah Sturm
    1 year ago

    Tom, what is wrong with "confrontation and conflict?" Think of our Lord Jesus when He chased the money changers out of the Temple. We don't know from the Scriptures how many times Jesus actually approached them, but we do know that He eventually chased them out angrily and with whips. That is pretty confrontational. He was also confrontational with the Scribes and Pharisees. See His "seven woes."

    I'm thankful for different approaches. Pope Francis encourages dialogue, not so much Archbishop Niendstedt. In the grand scheme of things, this is how balance is achieved.

  6. Clinton C. Somerton
    1 year ago

    I thank the Lord for the courage of Archbishop Niendstedt in speaking the truth in love, which is perfect consistent with the approach of Pope Francis, who has himself described the attack on marriage as coming from the Father of Lies.

    Archbishop Niendstedt was speaking to Catholics in order to teach them to follow Catholic morality and to not be deceived by secular ideologies. This is his duty in love for his flock.

    The Archbishop was also identifying a problem that extends beyond the Catholic Church and affects the entire world: the attack of the human person and the human family as such. In the same way that the impact of Nazism and Communism was/is not experienced by Jews and Catholics only, but effect the entire human race, so with the assault on the nature of man and the relationship between fathers, mothers, and children. To "dialogue" with those who promote an anti-human culture of death is to open ourselves to becoming part of that culture, unless we ourselves, as Catholics, have a firm foundation of love in truth to bring to the other -- a mission to share the eternal Christ, not to re-imagine Him according to the spirit of the times.

    Let us be rooted in prayer and humility; otherwise, our self-confidence and self-sufficiency may get the better of us.

  7. Deacon Keith Fournier
    1 year ago

    Dear Tom

    I posted your comment because, as always, it is well written, rooted in your sincere faith and thought provoking. However, I seem to note an effort to place a dichotomy between Pope Francis - and his wonderful message and ministry - and Bishops like this good man. There is none. There are simply different fronts and tasks. In addition, this Pope is as "orthodox" as Pope Emeritus Benedict. They have differing manners and missions in the one Church- as she continues to follow the Lord and serve His ongoing mission. The Catholic faith is often not either/or but both/and

    Deacon Keith

  8. Tom McGuire
    1 year ago

    I may be considered by some to be a "cultural revolutionary". Please forgive me.

    I read Archbishop Niendstedt's talk. After reading it I felt sad and pray for a new way of supporting marriage. I understand people attack the Christian way. The readings in Mass today indicate we expect that. However, the Archbishop's talk seems to me to seek confrontation and conflict. "I recall Francis', Bishop of Rome, calling us to engage in dialogue and encounter rather than confrontation and conflict.

    Augustine indeed speaks of the need to stand for the truth, but Gregory the Great speaks of the need for care in how the Bishop is to speak. No doubt about the truth in much of what Archbishop Niendstedt says, but that does not mean people of good will cannot disagree with the meaning of what he says and come up with different interpretations.

    Francis', Bishop of Rome, homily on the Sunday readings and Archbishop Niendstedt's talk reflect different ways expressing the truth. Francis' way puts proclaiming the good news (kerygma) central in his messages; his message stresses mercy of God, joy and love. Niendstedt's talk is a teaching (dideche); he stresses abstract principles and interpretation of those principles. Kerygma calls people to repentance and conversion. Dideche helps develop understanding for those who have encountered Christ.

    The reference to Catholic culture of times past certainly there leaves room for some dialogue about how good it was. I grew up in the 1940-50's; there was a lot to be desired in that culture. We certainly did not understand the centrality of the paschal mystery. Outsiders where not welcome. Dialogue was not possible. Ask any Catholic African American what the good old days were like in the white parishes of the Catholic Church.

    Archbishop Niendstedt begins his talk with reference to marriage in all the earth, a universal. He then goes to site Aristotle and St Thomas to establish principles for his universal statement. That in itself is not bad, but the world he ministers to includes many who do not come from the Western world. The dideche must include reference to principles that come from diverse sources outside the Western world.

    Yes, let us stand up for the truth, but let us do it with a desire for dialogue and encounter with those we disagree with including "cultural revolutionaries".

  9. jh
    1 year ago

    God bless Archbishop Nienstedt. We need such strong, courageous bishops.

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