21 December 2012

It Needs to Be Said, and Repeated

Pray for the Holy Father. Saying the obvious these days makes you an enemy of secular society. From The Telegraph:

Pope says future of mankind at stake over gay marriage

"In the fight for the family, the very notion of being – of what being human really means – is being called into question," the Pope said in Italian during an end-of-year speech.

"The question of the family ... is the question of what it means to be a man, and what it is necessary to do to be true men," he said.

The Pope spoke of the "falseness" of gender theories and cited at length France's chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim, who has spoken out against gay marriage.

"Bernheim has shown in a very detailed and profoundly moving study that the attack we are currently experiencing on the true structure of the family, made up of father, mother, and child, goes much deeper," he said.

He cited feminist gender theorist Simone de Beauvoir's view to the effect that one is not born a woman, but one becomes so – that sex was no longer an element of nature but a social role people chose for themselves.

"The profound falsehood of this theory and of the anthropological revolution contained within it is obvious," he said.

The defence of the family, the Pope said, "is about man himself. And it becomes clear that when God is denied, human dignity also disappears."

On Monday, the Vatican's newspaper described laws on gay marriage as an attempt at a communist-like "utopia", a day after tens of thousands of demonstrators turned out in France to support legalising both marriages and adoption for gay couples.

France's parliament is to debate the government-backed "marriage for all" bill early next year.

With President Francois Hollande's Socialists enjoying a strong majority, the bill is expected to pass despite vehement opposition from the right and religious groups.


Pete said...

If you look at a link I provided at my blog, a good many local mayors are opposed and intend not to obey the new law. Even if not religious people, some seem to have the common sense of natural law in their hearts to know this is wrong.

Oh, France! I pray for her people and ours fighting these battles.

I do pray for the Holy Father. Who'da thunk it would be controversial to point out that marriage and family are a mother, a father, and children.

Merry Christmas.

Patricia said...

This gay marriage issue reminds me of a set of nested boxes. Pandora's box was opened when contraception was permitted in 1929in the USA. Then abortion opened yet another surprise box of horrors. Now the gay marriage will open yet another box...more struggles to endure..more ways to devise to spread the Word of Christ to people not interested in the Truth....more ways to be Charitable.

All predicted by the Holy Father with his encyclical Humanei Vitae

We who are sidewalk counselors at Planned Barrenhood in St. Louis see constant progress at offering women and men real options that do not include contraception or abortion. Yet, when this last MO abortion site closes at Boyle and Forest Park Ave, we will go to the colleges in the area and spread the word there as well....never ending sites for telling the Truth.

New territory is always opening up. So many ways to be missionaries....in the Congress, at work, on the street to passing strangers.

God is great to give us such venues for harvesting! He is so good, we often buckle under his kindness!!

Patricia in St. Louis, MO