Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Deacon Keith Fournier

12/2/2009 (5 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Get ready.The faithful Catholics in St. Louis who made their way through the protestors to the Altar of the Lord may show us the future.

(Archbishop Robert Carlson) The faithful Catholics in St. Louis who made their way through the protesters to the Altar of the Lord show us the way forward. The leadership of this good Bishop is an inspiration. He is to be commended.

(Archbishop Robert Carlson) The faithful Catholics in St. Louis who made their way through the protesters to the Altar of the Lord show us the way forward. The leadership of this good Bishop is an inspiration. He is to be commended.

Highlights

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/2/2009 (5 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy


ST. LOUIS, Mo. (Catholic Online) - On Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, the “Vital Voice newspaper”, which claims to “provide a diverse and independent voice for the St. Louis Community”, ran a story by Colin Murphy entitled “Hundreds Protest Outside of St. Louis' Cathedral Basilica.” The story was an example of fringe homosexual advocacy that has as its goal a Cultural Revolution. It began with these words:

“Grey skies framed the Neo-Byzantine dome of St. Louis' Cathedral Basilica on Nov. 29 as hundreds of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) and allied supporters protested the archdiocese's donation of $10,000 to the successful effort to reverse marriage equality in Maine. The protest, which took place on the public portion of sidewalk in front of the New Cathedral, was organized by St. Louis based GLBT rights organization, Show Me No Hate. A smaller contingent of protesters was on hand for morning mass and the organization plans to rally outside the iconic edifice each Sunday throughout Advent — the period of preparation and waiting for Christmas.”

What occurred on the first Sunday in Advent in front of that Church will continue throughout Advent and perhaps beyond. It may become a regular experience for those who want to go to Mass to have to walk around protest signs. It may also spread beyond St. Louis. However, the Church cannot and will not change the truth about marriage. Thus, the protestors have absolutely no chance of achieving what they would call “success”.

The article quoted Ed Reggi, the founder of a group called “Show me No Hate”, who said “No longer will we tolerate the religious funding of hate… The Archbishop showed no mercy for the poor, sick and homeless in St. Louis. The $10,000 Carlson wired to Maine could have helped the empty food pantries and local toy drives this Christmas season." Hmmm… "the money could have been given to the poor..." where have I heard that before? What the homosexual (or bi-sexual, or transgender…) cultural revolutionaries are really upset about is the perfectly legal and morally commendable contribution which Archbishop Carlson made to the defense of true marriage in Maine.

The participants are a part of a small, strident and increasingly vocal group within the homosexual community who want the positive law of this Nation to enforce a legal equivalency between homosexual relationships and real marriage. They call support for true marriage and promoting the authentic love which it fosters “hate”. They want to force the Nation to call what can never be a marriage a marriage and then use the police power of the State to enforce their Cultural Revolution. Because they view anyone who opposes them engaging in “hate” they carry signs such as “Separation of Church and hate”.

The article continued: “Reggi was quick to point out that theirs was not a protest against the Catholic faith, but rather the actions of Archbishop Carlson and 45 Catholic Bishops across the United States who sent a combined $180,000 to Maine’s "YES ON 1 Campaign," that organized the people’s veto of Governor Baldacci earlier this month…. In addition to Show Me No Hate, the protest was co-sponsored by The Catholic Action Network, Catholics for Marriage Equality and Holy Families Committee and was attended by Catholics and Non-Catholics alike. Organizers were heartened by the large crowds given the holiday weekend and the threat of bad weather”.

Mr. Reggi, the protestors, by attacking true marriage, are attacking the Catholic Church. The Bishops were promoting the truth which the Catholic Church proclaims to the whole world concerning the nature of real marriage as revealed in the Natural Law, confirmed by revelation and affirmed by experience. The Archbishop of St. Louis released the following response to the Press:

Statement Regarding Protest Outside Cathedral Basilica from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis

“In June of this year, Archbishop Richard Malone of Portland, Maine sent a letter to all U.S. bishops asking for financial support for issues the church considers moral issues. I approved a donation for $10,000 which was charged to the special needs fund. This fund has traditionally been the Archbishop’s for discretionary spending, not for formal operations, and is funded by private gifts. These funds were already available when I arrived in St. Louis. Archbishops of St. Louis have made donations in the past to help other dioceses around the world for various causes ranging from disaster relief to pro-life issues. The ballot measure asked voters if they wanted to reject the new law that allows same sex marriages and allows religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages. The voters in Maine supported this measure despite the fact that, according to the state of Maine, groups who believe in same sex marriage raised more than $5.2 million to defeat the amendment, while those who believe in the sanctity of marriage raised about $3.3 million.

“The Catholic Church always tries to follow the teachings of Jesus in welcoming all people. The Church does not believe in discrimination. The Church was in the forefront of the Civil Rights movement in this country which sought to end racial discrimination. In the Archdiocese of St. Louis, we are currently the largest private funder of Doorways (www.doorwaysmo.org) an organization the late Archbishop John May help found in the 1980’s. Doorways provides affordable, secure housing and related supportive services to people living with HIV/AIDS. Another example of our support is the Courage/Encourage ministry, which is a worldwide ministry that has a chapter in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and is made known to Catholics every week in the Archdiocesan publication, the St. Louis Review. This ministry works with homosexuals and their families.

“Supporting homosexuals does not mean we can change Christ’s teaching on the nature of marriage. As recorded in the Bible, Jesus says a marriage is between a man and a woman. As Catholics, we believe marriage is a Sacrament, given to us by Christ and witnessed by a priest. We do not have the ability to change the Sacrament of marriage.
That being said, we do have the obligation as Catholics to carry out Christ’s teachings, whether in the privacy of our own home or in the public square. Separation of church and state means that the government cannot favor a particular faith. It does not mean that faith-filled people lose their right to speak out publicly and engage in the political process. In fact, the Catholic Church was in the forefront of the civil rights movement, and that was a political issue as well.

“Following Christ’s teaching on marriage does not mean we neglect the poor. In fact, no other private institution in the world does as much for the sick and the poor as the Catholic Church. In the state of Missouri, Catholic Charities is the largest private provider for social services. In the Archdiocese of St. Louis, we spend millions of dollars helping the homeless through Catholic Charities (St. Patrick Center and Catholic Charities Housing Resource Center) and Father Dempsey’s Charities. It’s not an either/or choice when it comes to Christ’s teachings. As Catholics, we are called to teach and live them all.”

*****

Many observers thought it would be hard to fill the shoes of the former Archbishop of St. Louis, Raymond Burke who is now serving as the equivalent of the Chief Justice of the Roman Rota. His fidelity, courage, and pastoral wisdom were admired throughout the world. However, the Holy Spirit blessed the faithful of St. Louis with a worthy successor in Archbishop Robert J. Carlson. We need to pray for him. This hostile opposition from a fringe group within the homosexual community will require great courage. The St. Louis protest may signal the next phase in the growing assault on the Catholic Church from the radical opponents of Marriage.

Catholic Christians insist that the truth concerning marriage - and the family and society founded upon it - is rooted in the Natural Law which can be known by all men and women through the exercise of reason. This Natural Law is “present in the heart of each man and established by reason” and “is universal in its precepts and its authority extends to all men. It expresses the dignity of the person and determines the basis for his fundamental rights and duties.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church # 1956)

There is a Cultural Revolution underway in the West with two conflicting visions of the human person, human freedom, marriage, the family and the nature of a just society. We need to remember that the early Christians were persecuted in ancient Rome for "hatred of the human race.” Yet, they held to the truth and helped to build just and free societies for all. They triumphed over the old paganism which promised liberation and led to license.

We will triumph over this new paganism that threatens freedom itself. We are called to build a culture of life and a civilization of love. We will never support the efforts to give promiscuous heterosexual or homosexual relationships the same legal status as monogamous marriage. So, let’s get ready for the struggle. The faithful Catholics in St. Louis who made their way through the protestors to the Altar of the Lord show us the way forward. The leadership of this good Bishop is an inspiration. He is to be commended.

---


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 Politics & Policy

Growing rift in the Republican party exposes the corruption within, thankfully dramatic change is coming Watch

Image of The rift is growing, one side represents itself, the other the basic principles of liberty, responsibility and freedom.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The media would have you believe there are two kinds of Republicans, the "moderate" Republicans and the "TEA Party" Republicans. This is an artificial construct, a myth perpetuated by the media. In reality, there is the Establishment versus the people. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Where's the truth anymore?: Secretary of State John Kerry insists we will defeat ISIS Watch

Image of The destruction created by ISIS in Syria is unbelievable.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The arrival of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, into the United States, has sparked controversy among the Congress and the Presidential administration. Although National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, stated Netanyahu's arrival would be "destructive to the ... continue reading


Saved in nick of time: Congress approves one-week bill to keep Department of Homeland Security open Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Just just in time - with new terrorist concerns at an all-time high, Congress finally voted 357-60 in the House in order to keep the Department of Homeland Security open. The final vote came little more than an hour after the Senate cleared the measure. LOS ... continue reading


U.S. at War with Israel? Obama threatened to shoot down Israeli jets if they attempt to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities Watch

Image of The Netanyahu government decided to strike Iran some time in 2014 after Israel discovered the U.S. and Iran had been involved in secret talks over Iran's nuclear program and were about to sign an agreement without consulting Israel.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The news is SHOCKING. Evidently, U.S. President Barack Obama is either hidebound to improve relations between the U.S. and Iran, or no longer values Israel's friendship in the Middle East. According to Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida, a reliable source says Obama ... continue reading


BANNING BULLETS: Obama to use executive action to ban ammo for popular hunting rifle Watch

Image of The inexpensive 5.56 M855 ammo, commonly called

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Banning all firearms across the United States would take a massive effort, and certainly not many Americans would willingly give up their protection. According to a memo, U.S. President Barack Obama intends to use his executive powers to ban the bullets for the ... continue reading


Abercrombie & Fitch's 'looks policy' under fire for stark employee discrimination of Muslim girl Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Abercrombie & Fitch faces yet another lawsuit for potential discrimination. The hip clothing store has previously been under fire for lack of racial diversity in both employment and advertisement and for limited sizing choices. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


SHOCKING REPORT: Social Security card in hand, illegal immigrants can claim back tax benefits Watch

Image of Lawmakers have expressed distress that amnestied illegal immigrants could be potentially rewarded for illegal work.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Workers living and employed here illegally appear to be on a fast track to join the American dream. According to a Congressional Research Service, or CRS, memo, those illegal immigrants able to obtain Social Security Numbers and work permits due to President ... continue reading


NOT SO FAST! Net neutrality to get onceover before approval Watch

Image of Democrat Mignon Clyburn on the Federal Communications Commission wants to narrow the scope of new net neutrality rules set for a vote later this week.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The hotly debated "Net Neutrality" - which will determine how the 21st Century's preferred mode of communication and information - is not a sure thing, just yet. Democrat Mignon Clyburn on the Federal Communications Commission wants to narrow the scope of new ... continue reading


Democrats can dish it out - but are now shying away from Obamacare penalties Watch

Image of As those taxpayers discover the penalty they owe, they will already be racking up a new, higher penalty for 2015.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It looks like Democrats can dish it out, but can't take it. One of the stipulations of health care reform, or "Obamacare" was those who chose not to enroll had to pay a penalty come tax time. Now, as millions begin to file their taxes, Democrats are having ... continue reading


Human Tide: Texas' porous border allows thousands to flood in from Mexico Watch

Image of Speaking out on CBS's

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Porous borders - one where demarcations are hazy and ill-defined, allowing people to cross over into another country without proper accounting, was one of the reasons for the Ebola crisis in East Africa. There exists a similar situation between the United ... continue reading


All Politics & Policy News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

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

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jeremiah 18:18-20
18 'Come on,' they said, 'let us concoct a plot ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 31:5-6, 14, 15-16
5 to your hands I commit my spirit, by you have I ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 20:17-28
17 Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, and on the road ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for March 4th, 2015 Image

St. Casimir
March 4: Casimir grew up in a world where his life was not his own. As a ... 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