The President Who Opposes the Right to Life Admits to ABC News He Opposes Marriage
this interview to ABC news from the Whitehouse sends a signal. His reelection means the continued advance of the culture of death. He will further institutionalize the denial of the First Right, the Right to Life for children in the womb. His Health Care Law, if left to stand, threatens the elderly, infirmed and disabled.
He has proven he is no friend of the First Freedom, Religious freedom. His Health and Human Services Secretary, in violation of the First Amendments Free Exercise Clause, wants to compel Religious Institutions to offer sterilization, provide abortificacients and dispense birth control if they offer health care at all. If they do not comply they will face the punitive boot of the Police Power of the State.
His announced "evolution" on "gay marriage" marriage now adds to the list of concerns that he wants to replace marriage and the family and society founded upon it with a different social order.
We are living under what Pope Benedict XVI called a "Dictatorship of Relativism" Relativism denies the existence of any objective truths which can be known through the exercise of reason and should govern our life together as a society. Divorced from norms to guide the exercise of human choice and govern our behavior, we are rapidly declining as a culture.
When there is nothing objectively true which can be known by all and form the basis of our common life then there is no basis for authentic freedom. Instead, we teeter on the brink of anarchy. Marriage is the next target in the advance of the tyranny of the social and cultural engineers.
In his apostolic exhortation on the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Charity, Pope Benedict summarized the duty of Catholics 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 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."
I write this article as a private citizen. I am the Editor in Chief of Catholic Online. Catholic Online is NOT a 501c3 non profit organization. It was formed as a for profit company for several reasons; one of which was a growing concern that speaking out on major moral issues would be restricted as the decline of American culture advanced. That is exactly what is happening. We are not precluded from speaking out on such vital issues and we intend to do so.
In articles over the last year, I made no secret of my admiration for a former candidate for the Republican nomination, a man who was "morally coherent" in my articles. He insisted we cannot separate the moral/social issues from economic issues anymore than we can separate the soul from the body. His name is Rick Santorum. When I heard the President interviewed today I even more deeply regretted his withdrawal from this critically important Presidential campaign. However, his candidacy is over.
Catholics in the United States can affect the outcome of the 2012 Presidential election in the United States. That is, if we act in a manner which is "morally coherent" as we exercise our citizenship and vote. That phrase was used in an instruction released in 2002 entitled a "Doctrinal Note on some questions regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life".
The phrase undergirds the "Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church" sections pertaining to the political participation of Catholics. (See, e.g. #565-574): "The social doctrine of the Church is not an intrusion into the government of individual countries. It is a question of the lay Catholic's duty to be morally coherent, found within one's conscience, which is one and indivisible."
"There cannot be two parallel lives in their existence: on the one hand, the so-called 'spiritual life', with its values and demands; and on the other, the so-called 'secular' life, that is, life in a family, at work, in social responsibilities, in the responsibilities of public life and in culture. The branch, engrafted to the vine which is Christ, bears its fruit in every sphere of existence and activity."
"In fact, every area of the lay faithful's lives, as different as they are, enters into the plan of God, who desires that these very areas be the 'places in time' where the love of Christ is revealed and realized for both the glory of the Father and service of others".
"Living and acting in conformity with one's own conscience on questions of politics is not slavish acceptance of positions alien to politics or some kind of 'confessionalism', but rather the way in which Christians offer their concrete contribution so that, through political life, society will become more just and more consistent with the dignity of the human person."
The Catholic Church as an institution does not endorse specific political candidates. However, the Church does call her members to inform their conscience and then exercise their faithful citizenship in a morally coherent manner. As for this Catholic citizen, this recent interview given by President Barack Obama to ABC News has rekindled my decision to do just that. I will do absolutely everything I can to ensure that this President is not reelected for four more years.
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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, President Obama, ABC News, homosexual marriage, Marriage Equality, LGBT, moral coherence, Robin Roberts, Defense of Marriage, Keith A Fournier
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