A Catholic Hooray for Chick-fil-A: Stand in Solidarity for Marriage on August 1st
policy. The institutions of government should, when acting properly, defend marriage against those who would redefine it.
Christians (at least orthodox, faithful ones) are increasingly presented as unenlightened, forcing "our view" on others. When, in fact, our positions on marriage, family, authentic freedom, the dignity of every human person, and the nature of truth as objective are what frees people from the bondage of disordered appetites. These truths are objectively true for all men and women. We were made for relationship. We were structured for authentic love and human flourishing within marriage and family - and a society founded upon family.
We live in what Pope Benedict XVI called a "Dictatorship of Relativism." The relativists of this age have managed to persuade even some Christians that there are no objective truths; there are only "my" truths and "your" truths. They have relegated the Christian position on the very existence of truths and rights to only being "religious" positions in order to then marginalize their importance in informing the social order.
Our Protestant Christian friends are correct. The Bible is clearly against homosexual practices and for true marriage as between one man and one woman for life. However, in a culture which has all but rejected the authority of the Bible, we also need to present our position in the language of the Natural Law as the Apostle Paul did in his letter to the Romans.
Catholic Christians insist that there is a Natural Law, "present in the heart of each man and established by reason." This law "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)
It is here that we find the ground for the moral truths which should inform our life together in a truly just and free society. It is here where we also find those fundamental and foundational human rights which we insist must be recognized by the civil or positive law as rightfully belonging to all men and women.
The Catholic position that homosexual sexual practices are objectively disordered and our opposition to efforts to undermine true marriage through what I call the "Homosexual Equivalency Movement" - the movement which wants to call what can never be a marriage a marriage and then use the Police Power of the State to force all of us to do the same - is rooted in this Natural Law which binds all men and women.
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."
There is a Cultural Revolution underway in the West with two conflicting visions of the human person, human freedom, human flourishing and marriage and the family founded upon it as the first cell of a truly just society. We will never support the efforts to give promiscuous heterosexual or homosexual relationships the same status as monogamous marriage, period.
Now, a new form of censorship seeks to silence us from even expressing our truth claims by insisting that our positions are "religious" and therefore must be confined within our Church Walls. We must resist. Send a hearty Catholic Hooray for Chick-fil-A: Eat More Chicken, Stand in Solidarity with Others Defending True Marriage on August 1, 2012.
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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: Chick fil-A, gay marriage, homosexual, homosexual equivalency movement, Truett Cathy, Dan Cathy, marriage, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, billy Graham, Deacon Keith Fournier
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