BCI and faithful Catholics are justifiably feeling sick over the Supreme Court decision today that there is somehow a constitutional right for people of the same sex to marry. This is deeply deeply troubling in every way.
The sin of Sodom, or carnal sin against nature, which is a voluntary shedding of the seed of nature, out of the due use of marriage, or lust with a different sex.
Q. What is the scripture proof of this?
A. Out of Gen. xix. 13. where we read of the Sodomites, and their sin. “We will destroy this place because the cry of them hath increased before our Lord, who hath sent us to destroy them,” (and they were burnt with fire from heaven.)
Bishop Malone, formerly of Boston and now in Buffalo NY issued a good statement expressing his “bitter disappointment” over the Supreme Court decision.
I am bitterly disappointed that the majority of justices of the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to overturn the definition of marriage, which has remained unchanged for more than two millennia. Marriage is the lifelong exclusive union of one man and one woman, a font of unitive life and love as well as the foundation of a stable family and society.
Marriage is rooted in creation: God created marriage in the very same breath as He created the human person, and for the Catholic Church, that will not change.
It is my prayer that despite today’s developments, we will embrace anew the truth, beauty and goodness of marriage as it has always been and always will be, between a man and a woman.
Cardinal O’Malley should issue a statement even stronger than that. And he should repeat what he said in November 23, 2005 when he published a Letter from Cardinal Sean O’Malley on Homosexuality and said:
In the Gospel when the self-righteous Pharisees bring the adulteress to be stoned, Jesus says let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Then to make sure they got the point Jesus wrote their sins on the ground. The stones fell from their hands and they fled. Jesus said: “Neither do I condemn you”, but He added, “Go and sin no more.”
If we tell people that sex outside of marriage is not a sin, we are deceiving people. If they believe this untruth, a life of virtue becomes all but impossible. Jesus teaches that discipleship implies taking up the cross each day and following Him with love and courage.
It is never easy to deliver a message that calls people to make sacrifices or to do difficult things. Sometimes people want to punish the messenger. For this reason we priests at times find it difficult to articulate the Church’s teaching on sexual morality. It is important to express the moral teachings of the Church with clarity and fidelity. We must teach the truths of the Gospel in season and out of season. These recent times seem to us like it is “out of season”, but for that very reason it is even more urgent to teach the hard words of the Gospel today.
We know that friends and relatives of homosexual Catholics sometimes feel torn between their allegiance to Christ and their concern for their loved ones. I assure them that these goals are not incompatible. Calling people to embrace the cross of discipleship, to live the commandments and at the same time assuring them that we love them as brothers and sisters can be difficult. Sometimes we are told: “If you do not accept my behavior, you do not love me.” In reality we must communicate the exact opposite: “Because we love you, we cannot accept your behavior.”
BCI thinks this part of the letter is so well written that Cardinal O’Malley should fax it to the Holy Father in one of his regular communications with him and also share with Cardinal Kasper, Cardinal Marx, the Gang of Nine advisors, and the coordinators of the upcoming Synod on the Family. And we think he should be perhaps also republish the letter. Terry Donilon and Fr .Bryan Hehir may object, but so what? This is the time to be preaching the truth in-season and out of season. Mike Huckabee in response to the Supreme Court decision said, “I Will Not Accept Gay Marriage Ruling By ‘Imperial Court’
Pray that Cardinal O’Malley, Pope Francis, and other church leaders have the courage to embrace and proclaim the truth about marriage and the disorder of homosexual relationships and homosexual activity. Our future freedom to worship and practice our faith depend on this, as do the futures of the next generation