Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Deacon Keith Fournier

6/9/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Those who opposed the legislation were referred to in many of the same press reports as being against what is now euphemistically called marriage equality. In fact, they are Pro-Marriage. They defended marriage against a movement which opposes marriage

The Illinois Legislature did not pass legislation which would have mandated by legislative fiat that homosexual and lesbian partnerships be given the same legal status as real marriage. We must all become aware of the pattern of the Cultural Revolutionaries and their Press collaborators. They change the language, declare the existence of a counterfeit 'right' and then accuse those who oppose their social experimentation of being against that 'right' and opposing progress. Their plan for the future of this culture is anything but progress. 

Illinois state House did not vote on the marriage redefinition bill

Illinois state House did not vote on the marriage redefinition bill

Highlights

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/9/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Illinois, marriage, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, bishops, Illinois Legislature, marriage equality, gay marriage, homosexual, pro-Life, pro-Marriage, Pro-Family, Deacon Keith Fournier


SPRINGFIELD, IL (Catholic Online) - On Friday, May 31, 2013, the Illinois Legislature did not pass legislation which would have mandated by legislative fiat that homosexual and lesbian partnerships be given the same legal status as real marriage.  Thus, the title of my article, Marriage Won in Illinois.

If you read many of the reports that the Bill did not come to a vote in Springfield, you read something quite different than this article. For example, the multitude of articles in the Huffington Post referred to this anti-marriage legislation as a marriage bill. It reminded me of the backward bizarre world of the Superman Comics of my youth.

This legislation which did not come up for a vote in Illinois was an anti-marriage bill.

Those who opposed the legislation were referred to in many of the same press reports as being against what is now routinely called marriage equality. In fact, they are Pro-Marriage. They defended marriage against a movement which actually opposes marriage.
 
The Anti-Marriage Bill did not pass because an alliance of Pro-Marriage and Pro- Family voters, facing the perfidy of the propaganda press and the hostility of those dedicated to a Cultural Revolution, defended the common good together.  They are a seed of that new alliance of which I wrote about in my article entitled Time for an Evangelical and Catholic Alliance for the Common Good.

We must all become aware of the pattern of the Cultural Revolutionaries and their Press collaborators. They change the language, declare the existence of a counterfeit 'right' and then accuse those who oppose their social experimentation of being against that 'right' and opposing progress. Their plan for the future of this culture is anything but progress. 

They followed this approach back when they opposed the fundamental Human Right to Life. That Right is revealed in the Natural Law and confirmed by medical science. They opposed the Right for our youngest neighbors in the womb. So, they manufactured a 'right' to take their life in the first home of the whole human race, at any time and for any reason, through legalizing procured abortion.

Then, they changed the language. They now call this always deadly action an 'abortion right' and have convinced a complicit media to do the same. They changed the public debate with the assistance of collaborators in the propaganda media. Sadly, their terminology is now even used by some who are Pro-Life!

Abortions have no rights, only human persons do. The first Right, the fundamental human Right to Life, is taken away in every procured abortion. The positive law which denies that Right to Life and protects those who take the lives of children in the womb is an unjust law.

Because this kind of verbal engineering has been embraced by much of the media we must not trust their reporting. That is why having alternatives such as Catholic Online and others is so vitally important in our effort to defend the true common good and promote real progress.

What is happening in this hour is a clash of worldviews with competing definitions of human freedom, human dignity, and human flourishing. We are engaged in a contest to recover the moral foundations of a truly free society. This involves conflicting definitions of true progress and the real common good.

We insist that true marriage and the family have been inscribed by the Divine Architect into the order of the universe. That is because they have. Heterosexual marriage, procreation, and the nurturing of children form the foundation for the family, and the family forms the foundation for civil society as its first vital cell.

Defending marriage serves the common good. Redefining it does not. Those who engage in this movement which wants to call itself 'marriage equality' are opposing marriage. They seek to redefine it out of existence and eliminate its primacy in the social order.

Marriage and the family and society founded upon them are under a frontal assault.

We must reject the Orwellian newspeak of those who oppose marriage. I once again plead with my fellow writers to reject the loaded language of the Cultural Revolutionaries. They frame the debate by calling those of us who defend marriage as being against it.

We must stay crystal clear in our message. We are the ones defending marriage. Homosexual partnerships are incapable of being marriages. The supporters of this kind of legislation are participating in an Anti-Marriage Movement.

To limit marriage to heterosexual couples is not discriminatory now, nor has it ever been. Homosexual couples cannot bring into existence what marriage intends by its very definition. To insist with the police power of the State that we pretend otherwise does not serve the common good.

To confer by governmental fiat the benefits that have been conferred in the past only to stable married couples and families to homosexual paramours is bad public policy. To state this is not to be "anti-gay". It is to defend marriage and the family. It is to serve the common good.

Marriage - and the family founded upon it - is the first society into which children are to be born, learn to be fully human, grow in virtue, flourish and take their role in families and communities. We must not be afraid to make the claim that children have a right to a mother and a father. They do.

Of course we care about the single parent family and the many broken homes and provide a social embrace of them. However, neither their existence - nor our obligation in solidarity to them - changes the norm which is necessary for a stable society. In tact marriages and families are the glue of a healthy and happy social order.

Our claims concerning the right to life and the true definition of marriage are not outdated notions of a past era but provide the path to a future of true freedom and human flourishing. Their recognition and implementation is the path to true progress.

Nor are our positions on these fundamental social matters simply our religious position - meaning in the parlance of the Cultural Revolutionaries that they should be kept within our church walls. There is a Natural Moral Law which can be known by all men and women through the exercise of reason.

This Natural Moral Law gives us the moral norms we need to build truly human societies and govern ourselves. It should inform our positive law or we become lawless and devolve into moral, legal and social anarchy. This is the ground upon which every great civilization has been built. It is the source for every great and authentic human and civil rights movement.

There is a growing intolerance of our rights to free expression, association and participation. This was reflected in the reporting concerning the new alliance which came together in Illinois to defend marriage against the effort to redefine it.

Among the many accurate Press Reports was the fine article from the catholic bishops of the United States entitled USCCB Subcommittee Chair Applauds 'Victory in the Land of Lincoln' It is set forth below.

*****

USCCB Subcommittee Chair Applauds 'Victory in the Land of Lincoln'

WASHINGTON-Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, applauded the "victory in the Land of Lincoln" as the Illinois state House failed to vote on a bill to redefine marriage before the legislative session ended last Friday.

"The fact that the Illinois state House did not vote on the marriage redefinition bill reflects a failure to have the votes to pass the bill," said Archbishop Cordileone."This victory in the Land of Lincoln demonstrates that marriage redefinition - even in the face of intense political pressure - is not inevitable, a likely reason we haven't heard much about it in the national media."

A diversity of faith leaders joined together to defend marriage in Illinois.

"Leaders of various faith traditions spoke eloquently on the reality that nature and nature's God make clear that marriage is the union of one man and one woman," Archbishop Cordileone said."Catholics will continue to proclaim with people of other faiths and of no particular faith that marriage is the one-flesh union of one man and one woman. Indeed, both faith and reason lead us to this truth."

Archbishop Cordileone also addressed the claim that equality requires redefining marriage in law.

"All persons have inherent dignity and must be treated equally with the respect and justice that is their due," he said."That is part of the purpose of the law; it is not the purpose of the law, though, to give people social status, as the advocates for marriage redefinition contend.

"For a well-ordered society, laws must reflect reality; for them to contradict reality would be simply irrational. Our children deserve as much and depend upon all of us, especially our leaders, to protect the reality of marriage, not redefine it in the law. Many thanks go to all those who let their voices be heard in defense of marriage in Illinois," Archbishop Cordileone said.

The bill to redefine marriage that was not brought to a vote in the Illinois state House had passed the Illinois state Senate earlier in the year. Proponents of marriage redefinition in Illinois may try again to advance the bill in the Illinois legislature later this year.

---


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


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for April 2016
Universal:
Small Farmers: That small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labor.
Evangelization: African Christians: That Christians in Africa may give witness to love and faith in Jesus Christ amid political-religious conflicts.



Comments


More U.S.

'It was an escape:' father of Scientology founder tells all Watch

Image of Ron Miscavige, the father of Scientology leader David Miscavige, opens up (20/20)

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Ron and Becky Miscavige escaped the California Scientology compound known as the "Gold Base" and have stepped forward to share their story. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Scientology is a quiet religion shrouded in secrets - many of which are believed to be ... continue reading


No Phony Truces in the Battle to Block Most Anti-Life, Liberal Court in a Generation

Image of The United States Supreme Court

By J. Kenneth Blackwell

While much of our attention is on the Presidential race, the looming battle over a Supreme Court nomination merits no less attention.  The battle lines are clear in this nomination and the future of the Court and our Constitutional principles are at ... continue reading


Fr Frank Pavone - Amoris Laetitia: Pope Francis' Encouraging Roadmap for Families Watch

Image of Fr Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

By Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

Amoris Laetitia is a timely and loving exhortation for families towards genuine charity that begins within the nuclear family. It can be described as a new road-map for a culture that has taken a sad and tragic detour. The Joy of Love recognizes women's ... continue reading


Catherine of Siena: We Need Saints for this Missionary Age Watch

Image of Today, in the Roman Catholic Liturgical Calendar, we commemorate one of the greatest women saints of Christian history, Catherine of Siena.  While praying at Peter's tomb, she experienced the great weight of the Church fall on her shoulders.

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Father, raise up women like Catherine of Siena for this new missionary age of your Church. Women who are so in love with you, and so conformed to the Image of your Son, they can do for your Church in this hour, what she did in her own. Saints are a gift for the ... continue reading


Christian student shockingly dropped from master's program for practicing religious rights Watch

Image of Andrew Cash was discriminated against for practicing his religious rights (YouTube).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Andrew Cash practiced his religious rights at Missouri State University - and was dismissed from the master's program in counseling as a result. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the Catholic News Agency, Cash was referring same-sex couples to another ... continue reading


Not a newsflash, U.S. government authorized use of propaganda on American people...in 2013. Here's who to blame Watch

Image of Obama signed the amendment into law in 2013.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Does the news seem a little too pro-American to you? Does it seem reporters pull punches and that the real issues are ignored? Perhaps that's the result of a quiet change to the law that took place in 2013. A law banning the use of government propaganda on the American ... continue reading


The cost of incarceration: What can we do? Watch

Image of What can we do about overpopulated prisons and ex-cons' ability to find work (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)?

By Matt Hadro (CNA)

Experts from across the political spectrum are calling for criminal justice reform, as a new White House report shows the human and economic costs of the current justice system. Washington D.C. (CNA) - "This is a singular moment in one of the most challenging issues ... continue reading


Sickening portrayal of Jesus pinned to a dartboard presented as art in university library Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

An appalling portrayal of Jesus plastered to a dartboard was posted up as artwork inside the Art Library at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The "art piece," titled "Vitruvian Man," shows Jesus nailed to the dartboard ... continue reading


Which bathroom should you use? And why is this a question? Watch

Image of Figuring out which restroom to use isn't supposed to be a dilemma.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The American people are seemingly obsessed with public restrooms these days and precisely how people use the potty. The fear is being stoked by concerns that individuals who "self-identify" as the opposite sex, will take advantage of liberal policies and assault ... continue reading


Prayer Is the Path to Real Freedom Watch

Image of Prayer is the lifeline of a Christian

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Jesus said to his disciples: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. CHESAPEAKE, VA. ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

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

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 15:1-2, 22-29
1 Then some men came down from Judaea and taught the brothers, 'Unless ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
2 Then the earth will acknowledge your ways, and all nations your power ... Read More

Gospel, John 14:23-29
23 Jesus replied: Anyone who loves me will keep my word, and my Father ... Read More

Reading 2, Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23
10 In the spirit, he carried me to the top of a very high mountain, and ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 1st, 2016 Image

St. Marculf
May 1: Marculf is also known as Marcoul. He was born at ... Read More