US Supreme Court To Hear Cases on Changing What Can Never Be a Marriage Into a Marriage
marriage and destroy the institution which is the cornerstone of civil society are involved in a return to a pagan practice. They are unleashing anarchy in the social order.
Next, I warned against even using the word marriage when referring to homosexual (or gay) partnerships. This warning did not come from some personal hostility toward persons with same sex attraction but out of a desire for verbal integrity. Homosexual relationships simply cannot constitute a marriage.
As a lawyer and activist I know that in the effort to change the culture, the softening of the language is the most effective early action before a wholesale assault is waged in the courtrooms, the legislatures and the media. Such loaded language eventually destroys the vigilance of those who are caught unaware of its ruthless and corrosive effect.
When sexual behavior between two men or two women is viewed as the foundation of a right to marry- and those who oppose this equivalency movement are characterized as being against the freedom to marry and equal rights - the revolutionary plan advances and the common good is threatened.
True marriage is the preeminent and the most fundamental of all human social institutions. It is a relationship defined by nature and protected by the natural law that binds all men and women. It finds its foundation in the order of creation. Civil institutions do not create marriage nor can they create a right to marry for those who are incapable of marriage.
The institutions of government should defend marriage against those who would redefine it. Government has long regulated marriage for the common good. For example, the ban on polygamy and age requirements were enforced in order to ensure that there was a mature decision at the basis of the Marriage contract.
For Judges or legislatures to grant legal equivalency to co-habiting paramours (homosexual or heterosexual) does not further freedom, it undermines it. It also does not serve the common good, it injures it.
To limit marriage to heterosexual couples is not discriminatory. Homosexual couples cannot bring into existence what marriage intends by its very definition. To confer the benefits that have been conferred in the past only to stable married couples and families to homosexual paramours is bad public policy.
Theologians and Philosophers speak of ontology as the science or philosophy of being. For example, a rock is a rock and not a cabbage; a man is a man and a woman is a woman. Marriage is ontologically between a man and a woman, ordered toward the union of the spouses, open to children and formative of family.
The new cultural alchemists are as fraudulent in their claims as their ancestors who claimed to be able to change cheap metals into gold. History will one day record that their claims were destructive and false.
The enforcers of this new order, whether ruling from the bench or misusing their office in the Legislative and Executive branch, unchecked by any balance of power, have followed what the legal positivists have long proclaimed, "The law is what the courts say it is."
Those who claim that accepting all of this is a matter of tolerance are the most intolerant. Notice how intolerant they are of those who, though respecting the dignity of every person including homosexuals, also insist that marriage is what it is.
Christians must not participate in the destruction of the institution of marriage. The Sacred Scriptures and unbroken teaching of the Church confirm that marriage is between one man and one woman. Of that there is no doubt. Those who attempt to argue otherwise in the various Christian communities are being disingenuous. They are also false teachers.
Catholic Christians must lead the defense of Marriage. Our Church is the most vocal and clear in the defense of marriage - and the family and society founded upon it. That means we will face the brunt of the persecution which will come.
In his apostolic exhortation on the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Charity, Pope Benedict summarized the duty of the Catholic faithful when confronted with an assault on authentic marriage: "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."
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of the Catholic Church wrote these words in 2003, "The Church's teaching on marriage and on the complementarity of the sexes reiterates a truth that is evident to right reason and recognized as such by all the major cultures of the world. Marriage is not just any relationship between human beings. It was established by the Creator with its own nature, essential properties and purpose."
"No ideology can erase from the human spirit the certainty that marriage exists solely between a man and a woman, who by mutual personal gift, proper and exclusive to themselves, tend toward the communion of their persons. In this way, they mutually perfect each other, in order to cooperate with God in the procreation and upbringing of new human lives."
They are correct. Pray for the Justices of the US Supreme Court. Pray for Marriage.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Marriage, gay marriage, homosexual marriage, family, United States v Windsor, Hollingsworth, Dennis, et al, v Perry, Kristin M, et al., homosexual equivalency, Supreme Court, Deacon Keith Fournier
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