12 October 2011

Attacks on Marriage and Children are Attacks on the Church Who Defends Them

Speaking in purely human terms, the foundation of society is the family.  And this foundation, in turn, rests on two pillars that make family life possible:  marriage and procreation.  Stated otherwise: monogamy and fecundity.

And there is only one institution, human or Divine, that stands for the protection of both of these pillars.  It is the Divine institution that is the Roman Catholic Church.  She is the faithful Bride of Christ who remains true to her Divine Spouse.

Fr. Edward Richard, the brilliant moral theologian, late of St. Louis, has written an excellent post on his blog about the attacks on marriage and procreation.  He decries the universal attempt by proponents of sodomitical "marriage" and of abortion and contraception to draw a moral equivalency between these causes and the civil rights movement.  Excerpts below, but the entire post is worth a careful read:

Looking for the Wrong Rights Will End Life and Religious Freedom

Just recently, the Executive Branch of the US Government authorized the Department of Defense to allow its chaplains to celebrate so-called marriages of same sex couples wherever it is allowed by state law. Archbishop Broglio of the Archdiocese for Military Services said under no circumstances will Catholic chaplains witness so-called same sex marriages. Archbishop Broglio also noted that he did not see how the administration could authorize such unions when Federal Law prohibits it in the Defense of Marriage Act.

Recently, as well, the executive branch has drafted new guidelines which could require catholic doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals, even those working in Catholic hospitals and in the institutions themselves, to perform direct sterilizations and abortions.

You might not think that so-called same sex marriage and these other issues are related, but I can tell you that many people who study these things in our society know they are.


Frankly, it is difficult to see how these troubling developments in the government do not constitute a direct attack on religion, particularly Christians, and especially Catholics. There appears to be little effort in these new guidelines that provide for genuine respect of conscience in such a way that we would not be required to participate in these moral evils. As you may know, already in some major metropolitan areas Catholic Charities has been forced to remove itself from placing babies for adoption because of state laws that require that we place them with same sex couples.

As we consider these things, we realize that we are speaking of the institution of marriage, the meaning of sexuality, and the freedom of man and woman to fulfill their parental role. Marriage and child bearing as a holy institution has always been the subject of attack, even in the time of Jesus. When the Pharisees approach Jesus about the question of divorce, as is reported in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus tells them that Moses allowed divorce due to the hardness of their hearts but it was not so from the beginning when God created man and woman and instituted marriage. Jesus, of course, makes it clear that what God has joined, no man can separate.

Very early in the Church, St. Augustine defended marriage as a holy institution against those who saw marriage and child-bearing in all sorts of strange ways. Some of his opponents considered conception of a child as an imprisonment of a divine spirit. Others thought that men and women ought to be able to engage in every sort of strange act without consequence.

Later on, the Council of Trent spoke of the importance of marriage as a holy institution. It was for the sanctification of the spouses through their mutual love. It was not intended as a remedy for concupiscence as some of the reformers taught.


The rise of the push for birth control was completely tied up with the attempts by various racist and elitist organizations to root out of society people they considered to be undesirable. 26 states in the United States, because of the efforts of such groups, drafted legislation that forced certain people to be sterilized. These laws were upheld by the US Supreme Court I the 1920’s. In one important case, Buck v. Bell, a case from Virginia in which the state’s eugenics officer wanted to sterilize a young woman, Justice OW Holmes Jr. upheld the law saying that “It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind…Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”

It is not surprising that we do not learn about these things in our history books. They are just kept quiet because they arose out of the Progressivist Movement that is so popular today.[...]


Peggy IL said...

Thanks for sharing this link.

The battle is coming. St. Michael pray for us.

Anonymous said...

Fact #1. Everyone knows, and survey prove, that a large majority of the sexually active adults in the U.S. and Europe who attend Mass and go to communion every week are using the Artificial Contraception that the Church's teaching authority has declared to be a moral sin deserving of eternal punishment in Hell. Yet, the priests and bishops and pope, who know this too, do nothing effective to correct this. A simple but firm monthly announcement in the bulletin or from the pulpit that Contraceptors are NOT to receive communion would solve this. But it would probably result in a mass exodus from the Catholic Church, and a mass influx to the Episcopal Church and others, and a mass loss in financial giving to the Church.
Fact #2. Surveys show that Catholic have abortions at the same rate as everyone else, or, even a slightly higher rate.
Fact #3. Catholics divorce at the same rate as everyone else, and the Annulment Mills are there to facilitate this.

SO, is the Catholic Church a defender of marriage and procreation? If the Catholic Church just disappeared, would anything be any different?

Once upon a time, before the Vatican II "renewal," Catholics were different. They did follow the teachings of the Church, with fear and trembling. But those days are gone. Pope John Paul II's 26 year long papacy was thought by many to be undoing this situation, but, I think now everyone sees that his papacy, despite his many excellent documents, and all his travels, really changed nothing.

Yes, it is conceivable that, at some time in the future, the former unity and distinction of the Catholic people might return, and they might once again become an actual defender of marriage and procreation in the real world, and not just a blog defender in cyberspace.

One can hope. And work. It is worth the effort. But we must not delude ourselves about the current state of things. As things stand, abortion and contraception go on, among Catholics and non-Catholics alike, as if the Catholic Teaching Authority didn't even exist. This situation cannot just be blamed on dissident or liberal priests and bishops, since their "party" does not dominate in the Catholic hierarchy and has not for at least 20 years. Consider how the wildly heretical JustFaith program flourishes in the Archdiocese of St. Louis right now, and also did when Cardinal Raymond Burke was in charge here. Faithful Catholics can write all the letters and blog posts they want, but nothing ever changes. I'm just not impressed anymore by the occasional priest who takes a strong stand for the family or the Faith. I've been Corapi-ed too many times now. Something is wrong here. Something bad has gone wrong.
Bartolomé de las Casas de San Luis