Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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 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.

As Rev. Dr. Leonard Childress, writing in BlackNews.com, states:

This generation's elites combat truth with ideology, character assassination, deception, and of course, denial. The two defining issues of the day which will determine the course of our culture, and the destiny of our nation, are abortion and homosexuality... Pro-choice, and homosexual and lesbian activists, all claim their cause is a Civil Rights issue. Yet the "Civil Rights" of the unborn children are being denied, and it is intellectually dishonest to claim a "right" for yourself, and by so doing, deny the rights of someone else, especially when that someone is an unborn infant.”  Writing in an article entitled “Homosexuality, Abortion and Dr. Martin Luther King, he adds, “What probably grieves me the most is that they both claim Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King as an icon for their cause, when essentially nothing could be further from the truth. Dr. King was a chief facilitator of the Civil Rights Movement, and by his death at the hand of an assassin, paid the ultimate price for his cause. Freeing African-Americans from centuries of slavery, bigotry and racism, does not equate with sexual preference, and so in some ways, Dr. King's writings are more relevant, imperative, and apropos today than when he first penned them decades ago… The pimping of Dr. King by the racist abortion industry and by homosexual and lesbian activists, needs to cease.

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 to 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. 

In more recent times, marriage has come under attack from the Birth Control League and its successor Planned Parenthood.  This attack has taken place on several fronts, mostly in the attempt to limit the reproduction of persons these groups and persons considered undesirable, although their movement was always grounded in the efforts of population control.  Margaret Sanger, the founder of this group had this to say:  Birth control clinics, or bureaus, should be established "in which men and women will be taught the science of parenthood and the science of breeding…"to breed out of the race the scourges of transmissible disease, mental defect, poverty, lawlessness, crime … since these classes would be decreasing in number instead of breeding like weeds."

The website blackgenocide.org reports this important information:  At a March 1925 international birth control gathering in New York City, a speaker warned of the menace posed by the "black" and "yellow" peril. The man was not a Nazi or Klansman; he was Dr. S. Adolphus Knopf, a member of Margaret Sanger's American Birth Control League (ABCL), which along with other groups eventually became known as Planned Parenthood. (Life and Education Resource, blackgenocide.org)

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 in 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.  We would still be dealing with these things out in the open but for one terrible group and their deeds—the Nazis.  You see, the Nazis and the people like the Birth Control League and Planned Parenthood in the United States are born of the same ideas.  The Nazi’s thought that they should purify the race of undesirables.  It started with what were called “useless eaters.”  And it began with the doctors, the scientists, not the politicians.

I would encourage you to visit websites like blackgenocide.org to learn more about the birth control movement, abortion and the devastating effects these things are having in our society.

The roots of the evil of abortion and the holocaust are ideas that spread hatred and death like the plague.  It takes many forms and the greatest threat to any of these horrors is the truth of Jesus Christ and his Church.   So-called same-sex marriage is the latest front in the attack on the definition of marriage and the procreation and education of children.  The efforts to silence the Church will increase all the more as these evils march forward.


Brett Judkins said...

This attack on human life and the Sacrament of marriage necessitates an even greater effort on our part to strengthen our Catholic identity, which begins with the Sacred Liturgy. We must work tirelessly to restore proper and reverent worship within the Church because everything we do as Catholics flows from the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Our worship of Almighty God must clearly and unequivocally express the beliefs and teachings of the Church as well as the philosophical truths upon which they are built. Only when we achieve this will we be able to effectively combat the attacks from those who promote the evils of abortion and homosexual activity. Until this happens, unfortunately, these movements will continue to gain ground and wreak havoc on our society and culture.

Tom said...

Why should it be surprising that a nation, in which a large majority of the citizens (including even most Catholics) are not faithful adherents of the Catholic Teaching Authority, should pass laws permitting or requiring things that are immoral? From their point of view, their "progressive" initiatives are sensible, fair, logical, and necessary. You seem to hold to the view that all human beings, even though without the Divine Light that comes from Baptist and being in a State of Grace, should be able to see the inherent evil of abortion and homosexual acts. But they don't see that. I know many of these people. They all seem to be acting very much in accord with their conscience. They want to end the oppression and abuse of women and homosexuals. They know the long history of how women and homosexuals have been treated in Western Civilization and all over the world. They are sincere. Yet, I know there is the idea that all human beings have enough light to see natural law, and so are culpable. That is even in St. Paul's Letter to the Romans. But I know Liberals. They don't see it. So venting anger at them, and accusing them of destroying Western Civilization accomplishes nothing. Having rational discourse with them accomplishes nothing. I believe that the only thing that will change our nation is Evangelization of non-Catholics, of offering them the salvation and Divine Love that can be only found in Jesus Christ and His Church. Love, not logic and not natural law reasoning, seems to me to be major theme of the New Testament and Catholic Tradition and the history of the Church. No one is saved by logic, or condemnations. And yet, I see so many Catholics trying to save America through politics, political discourse, philosophical argumentations, and culture war invective. All these are impotent and off the mark, I believe. The laws, culture and habits of America will be better when most Americans are faithful Catholics, and no sooner. Jesus did not call his disciples to carry out a culture war, or to try to change the secular government via campaigns, elections, voting, revolution, lawsuits, or any such. What he did call them to is stated succinctly at the end of the Gospel of Matthew, in a couple very well known verses. So, whatever happened to Evangelization? The "New Evangelization" seems to be a typo, which really should read "No Evangelization." I know. There's lots of talk and documents about the "New Evangelization." But I see no concerted efforts to reach non-Catholics and to bring them into the Church as faithful Catholics. Even worse, in America, the Catholic laity are generally dissenting (e.g., birth control), so there aren't even many faithful Catholics in the Catholic Church. So, I am a member of the club that sees these as dark days in the Church. Yet, we see the old-fashioned remedies as still the only remedies: Preaching repentance, conversion and baptism to everyone. Politics and culture war mongering seems like just a big diversion to me.
Sincerely submitted,
Bartolomé de las Casas de San Luis