"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Now that gay marriage is legal and equal to traditional marriage in the United States ...

Historic moment - though gay marriages were occasionally celebrated privately
by ordained clergy since the early 1970's, PBS is running a
documentary on this couple, who forty years ago fought
for marriage equality.  The documentary, Limited Partnership is a moving story to be sure.
One of the witnesses shown here in the photo, wearing his collar is
Rev. Robert Sirico (now a Catholic priest but then MCC clergy).

Catholics will have a hard time.

It will be difficult for the Catholic Church to teach that homosexual acts are acts of grave depravity and intrinsically disordered - Under no circumstances can they be approved. -CCC

A marriage presupposes sexual relations.  Children will be raised accepting it as the new normal.

But Catholic teaching on sexual ethics and marriage cannot change.

Interestingly - some suggest we set that part of the catechism aside - make no condemnation, but rather follow what the Catechism teaches further on:  They (homosexuals) must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.

I thought we were doing that.  But now it seems we ignore the proverbial elephant in the room and as Fr. Martin S.J. states:
The Catholic church must do a much better job of teaching what the Catechism says: that we should treat our LGBT brothers and sisters with "respect, sensitivity and compassion." 
But God wants more. God wants us to love. And not a twisted, crabbed, narrow tolerance, which often comes in the guise of condemnations, instructions and admonitions that try to masquerade as love, but actual love.

Love means: getting to know LGBT men and women, spending time with them, listening to them, being challenged by them, hoping the best for them, and wanting them to be a part of your lives, every bit as much as straight friends are part of your lives. 
Love first. Everything else later. In fact, everything else is meaningless without love. - Fr. Martin S.J.

Are you thinking what I'm thinking?   Fr. Martin also links to the New Ways Ministry response:
Today begins a time for Catholic supporters and Catholic opponents of marriage equality to reconcile with one another and work to build up their local faith communities so that together they can work for a world Pope Francis envisions: one of justice and mercy.
–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry

Told you so.

I told you before, over and over, for years - that there's a link.  That religious leaders back New Ways - overtly or covertly, intentionally or unintentionally.  Their moral theology coincides - they drink from the same well.  It was never an actual organized conspiracy - just a consensus of sorts.

Get ready for the "New" Evangelization.  Love. Love.  Love.

Love means: getting to know LGBT men and women, spending time with them, listening to them, being challenged by them, hoping the best for them, and wanting them to be a part of your lives. Catholic supporters and Catholic opponents of marriage equality must now reconcile with one another and work together.  Catholics must now do a much better job of teaching what the Catechism says: that we should treat our LGBT brothers and sisters with "respect, sensitivity and compassion ... but ignore the rest. - Fr. Jim and DeBernardo


  1. Not at all surprised...not at all. We are in for a challenge that will require us to return to the study of our faith with much prayer, humility, and desire for truth no matter the cost.

    Easier to go with the flow and promote lies as opposed to the truth...so much easier and so much more comfortable than to be starved in a cell.

    Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us!

  2. To quote Tina Turner, "What's love got to do with it?" It's changing the subject. Many of us who believe in the traditional definition of marriage love our same-sex attracted friends and relatives. It's a distracting lie to suggest we don't. What we don't love is redefining marriage into something unrecognizable.

    What the SCOTUS decision has done is sound the clarion call to war. Anyone who believes our religious freedoms are not in danger is living on Cloud Cuckoo Land. This morning at the Prayer of the Faithful I prayed, "For the protection of the rights of conscience of those who oppose same-sex marriage." A lefty who is very in-your-face against things Catholics hold dear (though he goes to daily Mass) counter-prayed, "In thanksgiving for this morning's Supreme Court decision reaffirming religious liberty." In what funhouse mirror world is that the case?

    We're at war. Now we have to figure out what is the most charitable yet most effective way of shooting the enemy.

  3. Thanks Yaya and Maria - Thanks.

    Grace needs to super-abound now - faithfulness and prayer. We have to pray for those who have no one to pray for them.

  4. .....wish I could remember where I read this comment by someone: it was about what Our Lady said at Fatima, in reference to......."the world will enjoy a period of peace" (?): the writer remarked that perhaps we have Been In this period of peace, that the usual state of affairs, for the Church, is persecution, and "what have we done with this brief time ?" and that now we are back in a time of persecution.
    certainly we now face persecution on all fronts here at home, a white one.
    sorry, it is late. almost all I have thought about this day is this event, and I have wept. what delusion, confusion, blindness. I weep thinking this great disarray.

  5. I have been saying for years that same sex marriage would come the same way as Roe v. Wade. And here it is. The decision is even chillingly similar with a "Catholic" writing the decision even though William Brennan hid behind Harry Blackmun. Evil in this decision is out of the closet. Kennedy almost seemed to brag about it. God help him. If I were writing a modern day Inferno, he would be in the deepest wring along with all the betrayers. Not only has he betrayed Jesus Christ whom he claims to worship, but he will lead many "little ones" into deadly sin. Is there a millstone big enough. I'm offering my rosary today for his conversion.


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