Right & Wrong

We should not focus on right verses left, we should focus on right verses wrong.  Here is a prime example of “conservative” talking heads missing the boat on Gay Marrage.

http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/aug/10081315.html

Clear Catholic Teaching on Gay “Marriage”

Amazingly clear teaching on homosexual marriage from Bishop Olmsted in Phoenix, AZ.

….In a statement released on the Diocese of Phoenix’s website on August 10th, Bishop Olmsted wrote that the “misguided decision of Judge Vaughn Walker, striking down as unconstitutional the California Marriage Law called Proposition 8, cannot be passed over in silence.”

“Labeling homosexual ‘marriage’ as ‘a right’ is not an enlightened idea of the 21st century,” the bishop asserted. “It is a novel form of a resurrected falsehood from more than 2000 years ago. It will not stand the test of time, just as it cannot withstand popular opinion now.”

“In every state in our nation where this issue has been put to a vote of the people (31 of the 50), traditional marriage has won,” Olmsted noted. “It is only some activist judges, exercising raw judicial power over and against the will of the people, who have pushed their agenda of so-called ‘homosexual marriage.'” 

The bishop also warned that what “is at stake here is cultural sanity and viability. Defending the clear nature and purpose of marriage is not discrimination against homosexual persons.”

“Why did God create both men and women, not just one sex?” the bishop asked. “Is it really all that difficult to fathom that God had a plan for marriage, which He wove into the very fabric of human nature? This plan is so deeply embedded in our human nature that every culture in history has recognized it and enshrined and protected it in law and custom.”

“Marriage being exclusively between a man and a woman was not an idea created by these cultures but, rather, a truth received by them as something handed down from a higher authority,” the prelate underscored.

“We need to again recall the key distinction, when considering homosexuality, between the homosexual inclination on the one hand and homosexual acts on the other,” Bishop Olmsted said.

The Phoenix bishop also clarified that although Scripture and Christian tradition hold that homosexual acts are sinful, “persons with homosexual inclinations but who do not engage in homosexual acts are not guilty of sin at all. No more or less than other persons, Christ calls them to holiness of life, inviting them as He invites us all to take up our cross each day and follow after Him.”

“All who follow Christ are given the grace to live the virtue of chastity; and they can joyfully do so with a clean heart.”

Seeking ‘true happiness’ for those with same-sex attraction

“Love and truth go hand-in-hand,” the bishop continued. “Everyone who experiences true love knows this – we want those we love to know the truth. As Catholics, we want to love people authentically and not in a mediocre way that would ignore dangers in a person’s life out of a shallow concern for political correctness.”

“We need never worry that speaking the truth clearly and charitably is a violation of love,” he stressed.

“Both Church teaching and the study of reality, the natural law, show that homosexuality is an objective disorder – that is, it does not correspond to the God-given reality of the sexually differentiated human being.

“Therefore, to condone the homosexual lifestyle is never a move in favor of a person’s true happiness,”  Bishop Olmsted wrote. “Moreover, to change the legal and societal definition of the fundamental institution of marriage in order to suit an adult sexual preference is a selfish and irresponsible corruption of the truth.

“The truth is that the reason why the state cannot redefine marriage is because it never defined it in the first place; it is a truth received, not created. It is God who defined marriage.

“For the state to redefine marriage will certainly have a negative impact on love, especially for children, who suffer most when marriage is weakened,” he warned.

Anne Rice Quits Christianity

Anne Rice, famous author of vampire stores and even a few on Jesus, evidently posted the following on her Facebook page

“In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian” saying that she regarded Christians as “quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous.” Rice also added she refuses to be “anti-gay, anti-feminist and anti-Democrat.”

It appears many in the Catholic faith that many in the not so distant future will also fall to this false notion that the Catholic Church is “anti-gay”.  The Church isn’t “anti-gay”, the Church is “anti-sin”  Something that is obviously weighing on Ms. Rice’s mind is that her son is homosexually disordered, yes I said disorder, because that is what homosexuality is, and it’s what the Catholic Church teaches, although you may not hear that in a Sunday homily anytime soon.  See you can’t change what the Bible says about homosexuality and you can’t change what Christ say’s about sin.  Love thy neighbor does not mean to affirm their sinfulness.

Homosexuality is a disordered, disordered-ness does not send you to Hell, actions do.  Participating in a homosexual act is what is sinful, not having the disorder.  I’m sure it’s difficult for Ms. Rice to imagine her son possibly ending up in Hell because of a disorder, but disorders don’t put you in Hell, sins do, and even then, if one is truly repentant of their sin Christ is there to forgive us in the sacrament of Reconciliation.  Truth is truth and affirming someone in their sin does not change the truth or cause a sinful action to be no longer sinful.  Just because you can’t understand something doesn’t change the truth of it.  Just because person can’t wrap their head around the law of gravity doesn’t make gravity go away.  We should pray for Ms. Rice and her son.  May we all repent of our sins love one another as Christ loves us.

3 Good Articles

Its been a while since I last posted.  I’ve been busy at work and last week I was swamped as a single parent.  Thankfully my wife is back from her trip.  Today during lunch I came across three good artcles that I think will interest you.

1. 12 Things Every Catholic Should Know About the Sex Scandals

2. More Info on Homosexualities Linkage to the Sex Scandal

3. After 50 Years of “The Pill”, Half of Pregnancies are Unplanned

Protests at Mass

Get ready folks this is a scene that I think will be coming to the US very soon if it hasn’t already.

……Protesters, led by town council member Dick Boonman and Gay Krant editor Henk Krol, distributed pink triangles with the word “Homo,” to be worn on the chest at Mass. The protest was held at the parish after Fr. Buyens chose to deny Communion to homosexual Gijs Vermeulen, 24, on February 13th.

Vermeulen was the “prince” of the town’s annual Carnival, a traditional pre-Lenten celebration. At the customary Carnival Mass, the prince addresses the congregation and then leads them forward in receiving Communion.

But, because Vermeulen had been public about his active homosexuality leading up to the festivities, Fr. Buyens contacted him the week before the Carnival Mass to advise him that he would not be able to receive Communion. The priest offered to give him a blessing, and allowed him to address the congregation. Vermeulen attended the Mass, stating that he did not want to “spoil the party,” but did not go up for a blessing.

In response to this week’s protest, Fr. Buyens decided not to distribute Communion at the Mass after consulting his bishop in Den Bosch……

 Read the full article here http://www.christiantelegraph.com/issue8805.html

Fr. Buyens needs our prayer.

Open Homosexual on USCCB Catholic Healthcare Board?

Why would an open homosexual be on the USCCB Healthcare Board?

  • Bishop William Skylstad, Bishop of Spokane, Chairman*
  • Bishop John McRaith, Bishop of Owensboro
  • Bishop Joseph Sullivan, Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn*
  • Fr. Michael Place, STD, President of the Catholic Health Association
  • Sr. Jane Frances Brady, SC, Administrator, St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center, Paterson, NJ
  • Sr. Judy Cannon, RSM, Leadership Conference of Women Religious
  • Sr. Beatrice Hernandez, MD, Department of Oncology, La Porte Hospital (Indiana)
  • Sr. Mary Roch Rocklage, RSM, President and CEO of Sisters of Mercy Health System, St. Louis
  • Mr. Tom Balanoff, President, SEIU Local 73, Chicago, IL
  • Mr. Thomas Corley, Administrator, Lourdes Medical Center, Pasco, WA
  • Ms. Mary Kay Henry, Director of Organizing, SEIU
  • Mr. Gerry Shea, Asst. to the President for Government Affairs, AFL-CIO
  • http://www.seiu.org/a/ourunion/mary-kay-henry.php
    …Mary Kay is also active in the fight for immigration reform and gay and lesbian rights. She is a founding member of SEIU’s gay and lesbian Lavender Caucus. She and her partner, Paula Macchello, have been together for 20 years.

    http://www.usccb.org/sdwp/national/workplace.shtml
    Maybe we should email JPHDmail@usccb.org and ask…

    Maybe we should also ask Bishops Skylstad, McRaith, & Sullivan

    Bishop Skylstad’s Vicar General as I can’t find an email for him. Rev. Msgr. John Steiner  jsteiner@dioceseofspokane.org
    Bishop McRaith john.mcraith@pastoral.org
    Bishop Sullivan’s Vicar General as I can’t find an email for anyone in the diocese Most Rev. Ignatius A. Catanello 718-399-5900

    Gay Marriage Bad, Irregular Marriages Okay?

    So one of the latest controversies brewing in Washington D.C. is the D.C. city council is about to pass a law legalizing “gay” marriage.  As I understand it the Catholic Church currently partners & contracts with the city to provide services to those in need.  With the legalization of “gay” marriage in D.C. the Catholic Church would need to provide benefits to same sex partners in order to continue to qualify for future city contracts.  The Archbishop of Washington D.C. has said this cannot be done in order to stay faithful to the Gospel and the beliefs of the Catholic Church and is looking for a compromise with the city, basically an exemption.

    While I believe the Archbishop to be correct in recognizing that the Catholic Church cannot condone “gay” marriage by offering benefits to same sex partners what I want to know is why church is okay with providing benefits to those in “irregular” marriage situations, irregular meaning those who are divorced and remarried without an annulment.  Both “marriages”, gay or irregular, are sinful to my knowledge although I’m sure to differing degrees.  Does anyone know how or where the Catholic Church explains this seemingly compliance with irregular marriages as it concern secular employment benefits?  As I would like to understand it better.

    The Persecution is Coming? Or is it Already Here?

    I posted this more than a year ago.

    http://www.gettomass.com/2008/06/gay-marriage/

    Since then both California & Maine have had ballot initiatives that beat back Gay Marriage for the 30th & 31st straight time where the people were allowed to vote on the issue.  But the defeat of gay marriage in both California & Maine took contributions from across the country in order to succeed.  Groups like Missouri’s “Show Me No Hate” are now picketing at the Cathedral in St. Louis because a $10,000 contribution that was made to Maine’s Gay Marriage fight from the Dioceses of St. Louis.  Show Me No Hate claims that the money should have gone to feed the poor, even though the Catholic Church does more to feed and cloth the poor than any organization in the world 10 times over.  If “Show Me No Hate” is so concerned about the feeding and clothing the poor I would like to know what they are doing about the problem in St. Louis.  Anything?  Has their group given any time or money to help the poor?  I would doubt it but they can find time to picket a Catholic Church on a Sunday afternoon throughout the month of December.

    Wake up people the persecution is already here.  If people are picketing Mass goers in St. Louis it will be very soon that they will be outside your parish the next time you Get To Mass.

    Gay "Marriage" Legal History – Update

    It only takes a spark to start a fire that turns into an inferno, which takes centuries to overcome.

    2003
    November 18: United States: Massachusetts: decision in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health

    2004
    February 12
    : United States, California: Newly-elected San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom issues the first same-sex marriage certificates in the US, purely as an exercise of executive power. These certificates were later nullified by the California Supreme Court.
    February 20: In New Mexico, Sandoval County clerk Victoria Dunlap issues marriage licenses to more than 60 same-sex couples until stopped by the state attorney general later that day, declaring them invalid; 26 couples were married by local pastors on the courthouse steps that day, and most of the other couples who received licenses married elsewhere. A district court later issued an injunction prohibiting Dunlap from issuing licenses to same-sex couples. Dunlap’s motion to the state supreme court to lift the restraining order was rejected on July 8.
    May 17: United States: Massachusetts – first legal same-sex marriages in the US performed.
    September 18: United States: Louisiana voters ratified a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.
    October: United States: Louisiana – District Judge William Morvant of Baton Rouge struck down the amendment, approved by voters in September, on the grounds that it violated a provision of the state constitution requiring that an amendment to cover only one subject; the amendment prevented the state from recognizing any legal status for common-law relationships, domestic partnerships and civil unions between both gay and heterosexual couples.
    November 3: United States Results of November 2 vote confirms that state constitutional amendments prohibiting same-sex marriage are passed in eleven states: Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Oregon, and Utah. The measures in Oregon, Mississippi, and Montana bar same-sex marriage only; those in the other states bar civil unions and domestic partnerships as well; and Ohio bars granting any benefits whatsoever to same-sex couples.

    2005
    January 19
    : United States: The Louisiana Supreme Court reinstated the anti-gay marriage amendment that had been struck by a District Judge in October, 2004.
    March 14: United States: Judge Richard Kramer of San Francisco County Superior Court said California’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.
    April 7: United States: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg orders city agencies to recognize legal same-sex marriages from other states and countries. This order will give same-sex couples who married in places such as Massachusetts or Canada rights that couples recognized under the city’s existing domestic partnership law do not have, including the power to make life-or-death medical decisions. Same-sex spouses will also be able to collect worker’s compensation if a partner dies.
    April 7: United States: The Connecticut State Senate passes legislation that legalizes same-sex civil unions. On April 13, the bill is passed through the Connecticut House of Representatives with the added “marriage is between a man and a woman” definition. The bill is sent back to the Senate for approval. Finally, on April 20, the State Senate approved the amended bill by a vote of 26-8 and Republican Governor Jodi Rell signed the same-sex civil union bill into law.
    May 12: United States: A federal judge in Omaha strikes down Nebraska’s sweeping ban on same-sex marriages, civil unions, domestic partnerships, and other same-sex relationships. U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon ruled that the ban, known as Initiative 416, violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This is the first state constitutional provision banning same-sex marriage to be ruled unconstitutional.
    November 8: United States: Texas becomes the 18th state to write a ban on same-sex marriage into its constitution, defining marriage as “the union of one man and one woman” and prohibiting the state from “creating or recognizing any legal status identical or similar to marriage,” when voters approved the amendment in the November elections.

    2006
    July 6
    : New York State Court of Appeals rules that the NYS Constitution does not mandate recognition of same sex marriage.
    July 26: Washington State Supreme Court issues its decision upholding state DOMA laws
    October 25: New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously rules in favor of marriage equality; 4–3 say decision whether to rewrite marriage law or write civil union law for homosexuals (separate but equal debate) is left to the legislature in the next six months. The three dissenting justices dissented because they believed same-sex couples should have the full right to marry.
    November 7: In the U.S. elections, Arizona rejects an initiative banning gay marriage. The first state in the country to do so. However, seven other states pass marriage amendments.

    2007
    April 21
    : The state of Washington legalizes domestic partnerships. The law went into effect on July 22, 2007.
    May 9: The state of Oregon legalizes domestic partnerships. The law will go into effect on January 1, 2008 (but was delayed 48 hours prior to coming into affect, then after a Court Case in February it was allowed to come into affect from 1 February 2008).
    May 31: The state of New Hampshire legalizes civil unions, to take effect on January 1, 2008.
    June 14: In the Massachusetts legislature, a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage is defeated in a vote of 154 against and 46 in favor. 50 votes in favor would have been required for the amendment to go on the ballot for a popular vote in the 2008 elections.
    August 30: Iowa’s Defense of Marriage Act was struck down as unconstitutional as a result of a legal challenge. The state has announced plans to appeal, but couples began applying for marriage licenses immediately in anticipation of an injunction. About 20 couples obtained marriage licenses and one couple married before the judge issued a stay of his ruling pending appeal.
    September 18: Maryland Court of Appeals upholds state law banning same-sex marriage, overturning a lower court ruling.

    2008
    January 1
    : Civil unions in New Hampshire take effect.
    February 1: Domestic partnership in Oregon take effect after court rescinds injunction.
    May 15: Supreme Court of California legalizes same-sex marriage in the landmark In re Marriage Cases ruling.
    May 22: Maryland governor Martin O’Malley signs into law two bills establishing limited domestic partnership rights in that state.
    June 16: California state supreme court’s ruling on Same-sex marriage in becomes effective at 5:01 pm.
    July 1: Maryland domestic partnership laws become effective.
    October 10: Supreme Court of Connecticut legalizes same-sex marriage.
    November 4: Measures pass amending the constitutions of Arizona, California, and Florida to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
    November 12: The state supreme court’s ruling on Same-sex marriage in Connecticut becomes effective.

    2009
    April 3: Iowa Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage after striking down a provision limiting marriage to one man and one woman.
    April 7: Vermont legalizes same-sex marriage.
    April 16: Gov. David A. Paterson Unveils Same-Sex Marriage Bill for New York.
    April 27: Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Iowa following the Iowa Supreme Court decision. May 6: Maine legalizes same-sex marriage.
    May 18: Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire signs the “everything-but-marriage” bill into law, but may face a challenge with Referendum 71 (2009) being filed.
    July 1: State of Colorado will recognise unregistered cohabitation (similar to the US state of Maryland).
    September 1: Same-sex marriage will become legal in Vermont.
    September 12: Same-sex marriage will become legal in Maine.

    Wikipedia source also includes dates for other countries. The above list only includes dates within the United States.

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_same-sex_marriage

    What same-sex “marriage” has done to Massachusetts

    What Gay Marriage has brought to Massachusetts. I have not confirmed everything in this article but it is very alarming if just half of it is true.

    http://www.massresistance.org/docs/marriage/effects_of_ssm.html

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