Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

5/25/2014 (2 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

I recommend an excellent article from May of 2012, written by Benjamin Riker for Catholic World Report. It is entitled Gay Marriage- Nothing New Under the Sun. Read it- and get ready

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Federal US District Judge John E Jones III of Pennsylvania discarded marriage to "the ash heap of history."  Those were his very words!  Of course he hid them in the judicial sophistry which now accompanies these frequent acts of judicial imperialism. He maintains he is opening the door to the oxymoron called "gay marriage" and claimed to be somehow liberating out entire social order because, in his words, "We are a better people than what these laws represent". The laws he is referring to are the laws which the people of Pennsylvania passed in 1996 defining  marriage as between one man and one woman. Of course, those laws also reflected the Natural Moral Law, the Bible, the Christian and Jewish tradition -and almost every other major religious tradition. The laws concerning marriage between one man and one woman cross cultural and religious lines and are universally accepted precisely because they are true and they serve the  common good.

The parallels between the first Millennium of Christianity and the Third Millennium of Christianity are beginning to become more obvious. We are living in a new missionary age. As Christians, there are two historic facts upon which we can rely. Our vital work will be accompanied by increasing persecution and the truth about the dignity of the human person and marriage will prevail.

The parallels between the first Millennium of Christianity and the Third Millennium of Christianity are beginning to become more obvious. We are living in a new missionary age. As Christians, there are two historic facts upon which we can rely. Our vital work will be accompanied by increasing persecution and the truth about the dignity of the human person and marriage will prevail.

Highlights

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/25/2014 (2 months ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Judge John E Jones, gay marriage, ash-heap of history, defense of marriage, family, christian persecution, pro-marriage, human rights campaign, ACLU, Natural Moral Law, Deacon Keith Fournier


   
CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic Online) - On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Federal US District Judge John E Jones III of Pennsylvania discarded marriage to "the ash heap of history."  Those were his very words!  Of course he hid them in the judicial sophistry which now accompanies these frequent acts of judicial imperialism. He maintains he is opening the door to the oxymoron called "gay marriage" and claimed to be somehow liberating our entire social order because, in his words, "We are a better people than what these laws represent".

The laws he is referring to are the laws which the people of Pennsylvania passed in 1996 defining  marriage as between one man and one woman. Of course, those laws also reflected the Natural Moral Law, the Bible, the Christian and Jewish tradition -and almost every other major religious tradition. The laws concerning marriage between one man and one woman cross cultural and religious lines and are universally accepted precisely because they are true and they serve the  common good.

Marriage 'is what it is', to use a popular expression. There is an ontology of marriage. The effort to redefine the word and then use the mechanisms of the State to entirely restructure the social order, effectively jettisoning this institution inscribed in the Natural Moral Law - and replacing it - is what is actually underway. And, the branch of government which the founders thought should be the "least dangerous branch" (See, Federalist Papers #28, Alexander Hamilton) are now leading the charge.

This errant federal Judge was following in the misguided activist trail of an openly homosexual advocate of redefining marriage to include homosexual and lesbian partnerships in Oregon, just the day before. Judge Jones used his interpretation of the constitutional doctrines of due process and equal protection to sound noble. However, his words speak volumes:

"In future generations, the label same-sex marriage will be abandoned, to be replaced simply by marriage.We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history."

The truth is that we cannot be better than marriage! It reflects the plan and love of God for the whole human race! This Federal Court Judge is a proponent of what I have long called the homosexual equivalency movement.

The proponents of the homosexual equivalency movement personally insist there is a moral equivalency between homosexual and lesbian relationships and marriages between one man and one woman. Now, they also insist that the full force of the civil and criminal law enforce such a new social construct on everyone else. They fully intend to use the police power of the State to enforce this scheme. Those  who oppose it will suffer the consequences. 
 
They are aided in their cultural scheme by a Press which is only too eager to be used as a mouthpiece of the revolution. A  propaganda press now routinely uses Orwellian newspeak to fuel caricatures against those who defend true marriage as between one man and one woman. They do not report the news - they promote a Cultural Revolutionary plan which opposes marriage while purporting to expand its definition.

Like propagandists of the past, they attempt to frame public perception by calling those who defend marriage as being against what they call 'marriage equality'.  However, homosexual and lesbian partnerships are incapable of being marriages.

Those who advocate giving this kind of State enforced moral and legal equivalency to homosexual and lesbian relationships are the people who actually oppose marriage. Their intention is to entirely reorder civil society around their alternative model of society. They use the phrase 'marriage equality' in an Orwellian act of verbal engineering and have deluded many in the media into doing the same. They also want to use the police power of the State against those who defend true marriage.

They seek to make what can never be a marriage - a homosexual or lesbian partnership - to be a marriage, by pronouncement of a Court or a legislature. Such partnerships can never achieve the ends of marriage. They accuse those who defend authentic marriage of somehow being against marriage because we will not redefine the word to include homosexual or lesbian partnerships.

This is a propaganda ploy and a tactic aimed at nothing less than a Cultural Revolution. I know that some of my readers do not like it when I use the term Cultural Revolution. They object because the term was identified with the reassertion of Maoism in China. That movement, which turned violent, caused extraordinary social turmoil. That is PRECISELY why the analogy is apropos. 

To limit marriage to heterosexual couples is not discriminatory. Homosexual couples cannot bring into existence what marriage intends by its very definition. To confer by governmental fiat the benefits that have been conferred in the past only to stable married couples and families to homosexual and lesbian paramours is bad public policy.

To state this is not to be 'anti-gay'; it is simply to defend marriage and the common good of society. This is a noble cause. Those who promote it are not bigots, they are liberators! The struggle we face involves a clash of worldviews, personal and corporate, and competing definitions of human freedom, human dignity, and human flourishing. We are involved in a contest over the foundations of what constitutes a truly human and just social order.

We insist that marriage between one man and one woman, intended for life, and the family founded upon it, has been inscribed by the Divine Architect into the order of the universe. That is because they have. Truth does not change, people and cultures do; sometimes for good and sometimes for evil.

Marriage is the first society into which children are meant 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 really do.

Of course we care about the single parent family and the many broken homes which characterize this age. However, their existence does not change the norm necessary for a stable and healthy society. Intact marriages and families are the glue of a healthy and happy social order. We need to be a visible, palpable reflection of this truth about marriage and family in our own lives. To live a faithful marriage is now counter-cultural.

Our convictions and claims concerning marriage are not outdated notions of a past era but provide the path to the future. Nor is our position defending marriage as between one man and one woman simply a religious position. We insist upon the existence of a Natural Moral Law which can be known by all men and women through the exercise of reason. 

The Natural Moral Law 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. The Natural Law gives us the moral norms we need to build societies and govern ourselves. It should inform our positive law or we will become lawless and devolve into anarchy.

There is a dangerous intolerance spreading which directly threatens our rights to free expression, association and political participation. This is reflected in a brazen effort to censor any speech which questions the cultural slide into the abyss of relativism. Efforts to prevent our vocal and public defense of the objective truth about marriage and the family are multiplying. Get ready; you and I are soon to face increasingly overt persecution because we stand for marriage. 

I write as a Catholic Christian. The position of the Catholic Church on the nature of marriage is crystal clear. We are the first in line when the proponents of this new cultural order begin to persecute opponents, indirectly or directly. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of the Catholic Church explained 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."

Crystal clear! I know that I am joined with Christians from across the confessional spectrum, faithful Jews, other people of faith and those of good will in this growing marriage defense movement. We are the new counter culture of this age. We are facing increasing hostility and it will soon get worse.

The opponents of marriage and family, the enforces of this homosexual equivalency movement as a new social scheme,  are the proponents of a system which seeks to impose their new social order on the rest of us. We will not back down because our cause is just and true. History has demonstrated that we are on the right side, they are on the wrong side, and we will prevail.

Civil institutions do not create marriage. Neither can they create some new right to marry for those who are incapable of marriage. Government has long regulated marriage for the common good. 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.

Heterosexual marriage, procreation, and the nurturing of children form the foundation for the family, and the family forms the foundation of civil society. I have often written to other Christians who, remaining faithful to the Natural Moral Law, the teaching of the Bible and the unbroken Christian tradition, share my deep concern about the movement to oppose marriage, in order to remind them that this is not the first time that the Church has been called to live in a homosexualized culture and transform it from within. 

I recommend an excellent article from May of 2012, written by Benjamin Riker for Catholic World Report. It is  entitled Gay Marriage- Nothing New Under the Sun. Read it - and get ready.
 
Increase your prayer, build networks of solidarity and support with other Christians, across the confessional spectrum, and get ready for indirect and direct persecution. Ask the Holy Spirit for a missionary heart and the grace which will be needed to not only persevere - but be used by the Lord in His loving rescue plan for this age.

The parallels between the first Millennium of Christianity and the Third Millennium of Christianity are beginning to become more obvious. We are living in a new missionary age. As Christians, there are two historic facts upon which we can rely. Our vital work will be accompanied by increasing persecution and the truth about the dignity of the human person and marriage will prevail.  

---


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


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2014
Sports:
That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Lay Missionaries: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.



Comments


More U.S.

'We are coming for you!' American Islamic jihadist suicide bomber gleefully shouts to Americans on chilling final video Watch

Image of American terrorist Moner Mohammed Abu-Salha smiled and talked about dying and going to paradise.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A new video shows an American smiling as he prepares to kill himself and dozens of others in a suicide bombing. In the video, made just before his death, Moner Mohammed Abu-Salha, 22, ripped, chewed, and burned his American passport before climbing into an ... continue reading


Malinformed much? Ninety percent of your information now comes from just 6 media sources Watch

Image of Small media outlets are consumed by the large, limiting the variety of expression.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Have you ever tried to describe something, but lacked the vocabulary to do it? This is the concept behind Newspeak, a fictional language in George Orwell's 1984. Orwell proposed that by limiting expression, thought itself could be limited. Today, as media companies ... continue reading


Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage struck down Watch

Image of The Virginia case, Bostic v. Rainey, was brought by two same-sex couples. Fourteen thousand gay couples also were certified as a class for the suit.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In a dramatic reversal of a voter-based 2006 decision, U.S. appeals court this week struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, the latest in a string of court rulings to back gay marriage. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit ... continue reading


Archbishop Chaput Speaks at the Napa Institute Conference on Pope Francis and Economic Justice

Image of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput is one of the preeminent Churchmen of our age. He offers a prophetic voice for this important time. He not only grasps and articulates Catholic Social Doctrine well, he also understands the real treasure we have been given in this Pope who took the name Francis. I believe that his insights into Pope Francis need to be read by as many people as possible.

By Catholic Online

In matters of economic justice, Francis' concerns are the same as Benedict's and John Paul II's and Pius XI's and Leo XIII's. He understands economic matters through the lens of Church teaching in the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church. Like his ... continue reading


Thousands of Christians Flee Under Death Threat From Tyrannical Caliph and ISIS Jihadists Watch

Image of (Pictured: Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, or Caliph Ibrahim) At first, Christians were ordered to gather in a central place to receive the directive from the self appointed Caliph. Understandably, given the track record of this maniacal tyrant, few did. So, the text of the statement was issued as a formal declaration to all Christians - We offer them three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract - involving payment of Jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

By now, everyone who is in anyway concerned about what is happening to Christians in Iraq has heard the horrific news. The madman who claims to be a descendant of Mohammed, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi - who in his delusion and grandiosity has taken to calling himself ... continue reading


Bridget of Sweden, Marriage and Family, and the Need for Canonized Married Saints Watch

Image of St Bridget of Sweden, her husband Ulf, and all the modern Popes call Christian married couples to become the 'Sweet and Smiling Face of the Church' in this age. This is an age which is desperately in need of all kinds of saints. I suggest we particularly need examples of married, canonized Saints. That is precisely because this is an age where faithful marriage is now counter-cultural. We need examples of men and women who not only embraced it in Christ, but lived it as a but a path to heroic virtue.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

The clear teaching of the Bible, the Christian tradition and the re-emphasis of the last Council in the Catholic Church, the Second Vatican Council, make clear - we are ALL called to holiness in life. That  is what the Catholic Church regularly refers to as ... continue reading


Deacon Keith Fournier: The Courage of the Catholic Bishops, Religious Liberty, Hobby Lobby and ENDA Watch

Image of Deacon Keith Fournier is Founder and Chairman of Common Good Foundation and Common Good Alliance. A married Roman Catholic Deacon of the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia, he and his wife Laurine have five grown children and six grandchildren, He serves as the Director of Adult Faith Formation at St. Stephen, Martyr Parish in Chesapeake, VA. He is also a human rights lawyer and public policy advocate. Deacon Fournier is a graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville (Theology and Philosophy, BA), the John Paul II Institute of the Lateran University (Theology of Marriage and Family, MTS), and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (JD). He has completed requirements for the PhD in Moral Theology at the Catholic University of America and is writing the PhD dissertation on the teaching of St. John Paul II.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

The Catholic Bishops are doing an excellent job standing up for Religious liberty as a fundamental human right. One of my growing concerns is that many Catholics do not even read what they are saying. Sadly, in a propagandized media where sound bites substitute ... continue reading


Obama demands that illegals be allowed to enter U.S. Watch

Image of Tens of thousands of illegal, unaccompanied minors have flooded into the United States since 2014 began, often escaping violence in war torn Central American countries.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

President Barack Obama's administration is considering whether or not it will allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras and other war-torn Central American states to enter into the United States illegally and without crossing into the country ... continue reading


Are you ready for the next dust bowl? California is! Watch

Image of A new study suggests that the Colorado River Basin is rapidly running out of water, which may be disastrous for the seven states it supplies.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

According to a report published by the American space agency and the University of California, the water crisis that is punishing the southwestern United States is likely to worsen. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The report found that the prime source of water ... continue reading


PLAGUE OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS: Mayflies descend on Wisconsin Watch

Image of When summer arrives, Mayflies take flight and proceed to mate before immediately going back to the water to lay eggs and die.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's a plague of Biblical proportions. Ugly mayflies have descended on the state of Wisconsin, covering up exterior services like so much black, metallic dust. Photos coming out of Wisconsin is sure to send viewers itching - so beware of some of the sights in ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

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

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jeremiah 15:10, 16-21
10 A disaster for me, mother, that you bore me to be ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 59:2-3, 4, 10-11, 17, 18
2 rescue me from evil-doers, from men of violence ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 13:44-46
44 'The kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 30th, 2014 Image

St. Peter Chrysologus
July 30: St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church ... 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