Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Andrew M. Greenwell, Esq.

8/21/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Barney Frank's entire lifestyle is against the common good.

Barney Frank suggests that Paul Ryan--and other unidentified "right wingers" who are supposed followers of Ayn Rand--are wed to a philosophy of individualism and are accordingly acting against the common good.  That's the rub.  That's the hypocritical pretense. Barney Frank's entire lifestyle is against the common good.

Highlights

By Andrew M. Greenwell, Esq.

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/21/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Marriage & Family

Keywords: homosexual unions, marriage, Barney Frank, Andrew greenwell, Paul Ryan


CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - A few days ago, the inimitable Barney Frank (D-Mass.), the retiring Democratic congressman who recently married his longtime male partner James Ready in a homosexual "marriage," appeared on Al Sharpton's MSNBC show.  Referring in particular to the Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan's alleged "tie" to the objectivist philosophy of philosopher Ayn Rand, Frank gave this audacious opinion: "These are right wingers who have this philosophy, going back to Ayn Rand, that says we should not come together to do things for the common good."

Now, I'm not here to discuss what may or may not be Paul Ryan's troublesome ties to Ayn Rand, a brief treatment of which you may find here, or his devotion to the common good.  What I am here to expose is the rank hypocrisy of Barney Frank which exists regardless of Paul Ryan's particular views.

Hypocrisy is the practice of claiming to have moral standards or moral beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform.  This position is exactly where Barney Frank finds himself.

Barney Frank suggests that Paul Ryan--and other unidentified "right wingers" who are allegedly "followers" of Ayn Rand--are wed to a philosophy of individualism and are accordingly acting against the common good. 

That's the rub. 

That's the hypocritical pretense. 

Barney Frank rails against the "right wing" followers of Ayn Rand for acting against the common good as if Barney Frank has adopted a philosophy of life that is not individualistic and instead furthers the common good.

Here is Barney Frank--a man who espouses same-sex "marriage," has advocated its adoption in the Democratic platform, would force this institution on all of us by the force of law willy-nilly, and is the first Congressman ever to be "wed" in such a same-sex "marriage."--talking about his devotion to the common good?

Really?

Frank's devotion to the common good is really a farce, a pretense, a lie.  The common good is never advanced by laws promoting or legitimizing same-sex marriage.  The common good is never advanced by homosexual genital activity.  His life, and the vice he engages with relish and would like to institutionalize as sacred, is a symbol of a person acting against the common good.

As the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith stated in its document Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons issued in 2003, "Laws in favor of homosexual unions are contrary to right reason because they confer legal guarantees, analogous to those granted to marriage, to unions of persons of the same sex."

That means that homosexual unions are unreasonable and arbitrary, and--regardless of religious belief or even the lack of belief--against the universally-binding natural moral law. It is not a matter of choice; it is a matter of reality, of what is. Granting any legitimacy to such unions is ipso facto against the common good because such unions are against the good of any human civil society.

The reason why equating marriage with "homosexual unions" (however the latter are denominated, i.e., civil unions, gay "marriage," same-sex "marriage") is against the common good is that such laws represent a failure of the State's duty "to promote and defend marriage"--a stable and permanent union between a man and a woman--"as an institution essential to the common good."

Homosexuality is an unfortunate disordered tendency, but is not itself a sin or against the common good.  And I do not rail against Barney Frank for his tendencies which evidently plague him and which he may or may not be in control of.  A homosexual person may very well have the common good in mind and at heart and may live honorable and productive, even a holy life.

Yet homosexual genital activity of any kind is itself intrinsically wrong and against the common good (just like prostitution, pre-marital sex, adultery, or incest all of which are genital activities against the common good).  And the problem of granting any legitimacy to such homosexual unions institutionalizes or socializes such sexual activity, attempting forcefully--and against all reality--to define it as part of the common good. 

To raise such unions and the genital activity they imply to the equivalency of marriage between a man and a woman is a travesty of marriage, and indeed, deeply anti-marriage.  Allowing such unions--even more so giving them legal recognition--"would result in changes to the entire organization of society, contrary to the common good."

To place homosexual unions on par with a marriage between a man and a woman will have the ineluctable result that the "the concept of marriage would undergo a radical transformation," and this results in a "grave detriment to the common good."

For this reason: "By putting homosexual unions on a legal plane analogous to that of marriage and the family, the State acts arbitrarily and in contradiction with its duties."

The homosexual union should not receive legal recognition, as it contradicts the common good and is in fact intrinsically unjust.  "Because married couples ensure the succession of generations and are therefore eminently within the public interest, civil law" should grant them, and them alone, "institutional recognition."

"Homosexual unions, on the other hand, do not need specific attention from the legal standpoint since they do not exercise this function for the common good."

While homosexuals--as persons--should enjoy rights as persons and citizens and so have a right--along with all other citizens--to protect their authentic rights and their personal goods in matters of common interest with society as a whole, it is "gravely unjust to sacrifice the common good and just laws on the family in order to protect personal goods that can and must be guaranteed in ways that do not harm the body of society."

However, to support laws legitimizing homosexual unions, to vote for such laws, to enjoy the protection of such laws, to relish in such laws--and this is Barney Frank par excellence--is by definition "harmful to the common good," and is therefore, in each and every instance, "gravely immoral."

The voice of reason and the voice of the Church whose teachings on human sexuality are based upon the natural moral law, were, in a more sane day, stated in some humorous doggerel penned by Hillaire Belloc.

The world is full of double beds
And most delightful maidenheads,
Which being so, there's no excuse
For sodomy of self-abuse.


The doggerel aside, let us assume for the sake of argument that Ryan is a kettle, a devotee of Ayn Rand and an enemy of the common good.  (A position, by the way, of which I am highly uncertain.)  Barney Frank is without question a pot, a devotee of homosexual unions who advances them with unmatched zeal.  Barney Frank railing against Ryan is a perfect instantiation of the American idiom, "the pot calling the kettle black."  

And here, let us invoke some more doggerel, though alas not that of Belloc:

Oho!" said the pot to the kettle;
"You are dirty and ugly and black!
Sure no one would think you were metal,
Except when you're given a crack."
"Not so! not so!" kettle said to the pot;
"'Tis your own dirty image you see;
For I am so clean - without blemish or blot -
That your blackness is mirrored in me."


-----

Andrew M. Greenwell is an attorney licensed to practice law in Texas, practicing in Corpus Christi, Texas.  He is married with three children.  He maintains a blog entirely devoted to the natural law called Lex Christianorum.  You can contact Andrew at agreenwell@harris-greenwell.com.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.



Comments


More Marriage & Family

Family Tips: How to promote optimism in your child Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As parents, there are moments when it is very easy for us to get swept away by the fire in our heads during moments of uncertainties, problems, anxieties and even anger. Because we unconsciously get dragged down by the heat of a moment, we sometimes end up hurting our ... continue reading


10 silly reasons why being in a relationship is awesome Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While we're all for power in the single person, being in a relationship can be a great thing, especially if you are comfortable with the person. You get warmth and love, but there are quite a few other great things, often taken for granted, that you are gifted when in ... continue reading


Are you having a bad hair day? 13 ways to turn your boring ponytail into something exciting Watch

Image of Don't let your hair drag you down anymore; tie it up and take control.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's one of those days; your hair isn't cooperating at all and you've reduced yourself to a simple ponytail to reign in your wild hair. However, the ponytail doesn't have to be an unfavorable, last ditch resort anymore. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - After you ... continue reading


Need change, but can't commit? 11 ways to temporarily change your hair, that won't leave you with regret Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Hair is a funny thing; it's with you all the time and you become so used to it and comfortable with it. At the same time, you can begin to get completely sick of it, but remain afraid of changing it. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - If you make a drastic change to ... continue reading


Watch what happens when you ask adorable kids questions about love Watch

Image of Jubilee Project's latest video shows kids may know more about love than most adults.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's amazing how much insight young children have that often goes unnoticed. This group of kids under the age of 12 were asked questions about love, and what they say is brilliant. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Jubilee Project, a nonprofit group seeking to ... continue reading


3 easy ways to meet your match this Valentine's Day Watch

Image of Places to meet potential romance are behind every corner.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

If you're single this Valentine's Day, take heart - there are a lot of places in which to meet other people who are anxious to get to know you! Let's cross off the most obvious one - single bars. With their loud, deafening music, and alcohol-impaired patrons, ... continue reading


Lift up love and marriages around you with these 6 ways to pray for marriages Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While it is important to try to express appreciation and love to your significant other every day, there are a choice few days in the year that remind you to reconnect and make time for each other. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Valentine's Day is shaped all ... continue reading


Do you hate Valentine's Day? Here's how to fight back! Watch

Image of Hate how Valentine's Day is celebrated? Tired of gender stereotypes reinforced by slick marketing? Fight back, retake the HOLY DAY for St. Valentine and the people who are most worthy of your love.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Valentine's Day is supposed to be the feast day of St. Valentine, the Roman saint who gave his life for his steadfastness in faith. Despite the sacrifice by the early Catholic cleric, the modern interpretation of the holiday has devolved into a secular orgy of ... continue reading


10 ways to avoid those 'love blunders' this Valentine's Day Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (News Consortium)

The custom of showing affection and attention to loved ones on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, has become part of the fabric of our culture. There is a kind of unwritten law or expectation that, on that day, spouses are supposed to do or give something that signifies ... continue reading


40 beautiful quotes about love that will ignite the flame in your heart Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

When you fall in love, your whole self is consumed. You are constantly enthralled with thoughts of your loved one. Here are 40 beautiful quotes about love that will bring a certain someone to mind: LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - 1. "If I loved you less, I might be ... continue reading


All Marriage & Family News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-18
3 Jacob loved Joseph more than all his other sons, ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21
16 He called down famine on the land, he took away ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46
33 'Listen to another parable. There was a man, a ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for March 6th, 2015 Image

St. Colette
March 6: Colette was the daughter of a carpenter named DeBoilet at Corby ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter