“All legal systems, both internal and international, ultimately draw their legitimacy from their rooting in natural law, in the ethical message inscribed in human beings themselves. The natural law is, definitively, the only valid bulwark against the abuse of power and the deceits of ideological manipulation.” (Pope Benedict XVI, Discourse at the Pontifical Lateran University, February 12, 2007).
"In a vast majority of responses and observations, the concept of natural law today turns out to be, in different cultural contexts, highly problematic, if not completely incomprehensible.” (n.21, from the Instrumentum Laboris of the Upcoming Synod on the Family, referring to the questionnaires sent out to various groups in preparation for it).
There you have the issue in a nutshell, as concisely pointed out by Professor Roberto de Mattei in an editorial posted at Rorate Caeli.
The Natural Law, written in every human heart by the Creator, is now seemingly up for popular vote. De Mattei notes well the ludicrousness of the situation:
The solution suggested would be to abandon the concept and term of the natural law, or “to re-read” it in accessible language, with particular attention to the young being part as a direct interlocutor on these themes.
We seem to understand then, that since the Catholic world no longer comprehends the idea of the natural law, it might as well be shelved and substituted by something more suited to the current mentality.
Every Pope, all Popes, and all recent Popes, including the recently canonized, beatified, or whatever is necessary to institutionalize the crypto-modernist drift (to paraphrase the destroyers of the FFI) in the Church Popes, have maintained the Natural Law as the underpinning of all positive law.
Now we have the October Synod.
The Holy Ghost protects the Church from erroneously declaring dogma, and from falling into error in her doctrines. But this charism is a negative one, in that it prevents. It doesn't cover every bad idea with sanctity, or change white into black:
If the concept of the natural law is lost, we will be compelled to accept the theory of gender based on the denial of the very concept of human nature. Man is thought of as a purely material entity, modifiable at will, according to the needs and interests of the moment.
The natural law which comes down from God, is substituted by positive law imposed by pressures from political and mass-media groups. Instead of reflecting on the natural and Divine Law, laws and human behavior are adapting to the opinion of fluctuating and anti-Christian trends.
It is clear that on this issue, the discussion at the next Synod of Bishops will be very hot.
May I suggest prayer and fasting might be in order?