By Fr. George Welzbacher
May 20, 2012
Now that the President of the United States has announced his support for granting the legal status of marriage to homosexual liaisons and has further declared that what impels him to embrace such a policy is his understanding of The Golden Rule and the example of Christ's self-sacrificial love, let's see what The New Testament, the written "Constitution" of Christian belief, has to say about homosexual behavior.
1) I Corinthians, 6: 9-11. "Do you not know that the unrighteous will NOT inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God."
2) I Timothy 1: 9-11.... "the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers [including abortionists,] immoral persons, sodomites [i.e. homosexuals], kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is CONTRARY to SOUND doctrine, in accordance with the glorious gospel of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted."
3.) Romans 1: 18-32. "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of men who by their wickedness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature, namely His eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse, for although they knew God they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools .... Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves.... For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a base mind and to improper conduct .... Though they know God's decree that those who DO such things deserve to die, they not only DO them, BUT APPROVE those who practice them."
So, too, when our Vice-president, a self-declared Catholic, stated on national television: "I feel absolutely comfortable with men marrying men and women marrying women," or when the former Speaker of the House, another self-identified Catholic, subsequently asserted that one of the things she "loves" about her religion is that it enjoins her to approve the "gay" lifestyle, it is clear that whatever their religious faith may be, it does not accord with divinely inspired Scripture. And it is totally "out of sync" with Catholicism, the Catholicism authentically set forth in the official Catechism of the Catholic Church. Cf Section #2357: "Basing itself on Sacred Scripture which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has ALWAYS declared that, homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered. They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under NO circumstances can they be APPROVED." [Emphasis added].
But this is the age of a counterfeit Catholicism, the "Write - your - own - Creed" simulation of the genuine thing. This is the age of the "un-Catholic" Catholic who proudly marches to the drum of his own intuitions and sounds the trumpet of his own felt needs, who shouts to the world, for whatever reason, "YES! Yes, of course! I am emphatically a Catholic!" While his operative motto really ought to be: "Not THY words, Lord, but MINE be my guide to eternal life!
So, too, many an institution today avows to its constituents: "Most assuredly, we're Catholic," while defying in practice any guidance by the fundamental principles of the Faith. For example, the oldest Catholic University in the U.S.A., Georgetown University, recently offered a signal public honor to Kathleen Sebelius, author of the mandate that our government currently seeks to impose upon Catholic schools, social agencies and hospitals, the dictate that calls for the Church's complicity in what the Church defines as intrinsic evil.
In 2004, the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released a document entitled "Catholics in Political Life," in which they stated that "Catholic Institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions." A propos of which may I share with you two recent transmissions from the internet.
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Francis X. Rocca
Catholic News Service, May 5, 2012
VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Pope Benedict XVI called on America's Catholic colleges and universities to reaffirm their Catholic identity by ensuring orthodoxy in theological studies and accepting the oversight of bishops.
The pope made his remarks May 5 to U.S. bishops from Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Wyoming, who were making their periodic "ad limina" visits to the Vatican.
While he acknowledged recent efforts by America's Catholic institutions of higher education to "reaffirm their distinctive identity in fidelity to their founding ideals and the church's mission," Pope Benedict said that "much remains to be done."
The pope emphasized the need for compliance with canon law in the appointment of theology instructors, who are required to possess a "mandate" from the "competent ecclesiastical authority," ordinarily the local bishop.
The requirement for a mandate was underscored in 1990 by Blessed John Paul II in his apostolic constitution "Ex Corde Ecelesiae," but many Catholic theology departments in the U.S. have yet to comply.
Pope Benedict said that the need for a mandate was especially clear in light of the "confusion created by instances of apparent dissidence between some representatives of Catholic institutions and the church's pastoral leadership."
"Such discord harms the church's witness and, as experience has shown, can easily be exploited to compromise her authority and her freedom," the pope said.
U.S. bishops have clashed with the administrations of Catholic colleges and universities on a number of occasions in recent years, with some of the most prominent cases involving invited speakers who dissent from Catholic moral teaching.
In March, Anna Maria University in Worcester, Mass., retracted its invitation to Victoria Reggie Kennedy, widow of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D- Mass., to speak at the university's commencement, after Bishop Robert J. McManus objected to Victoria Kennedy's support for legalized abortion, contraception and same-sex marriage.
On May 4, Georgetown University announced that Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, will give the commencement speech at the university's Public Policy Institute on May 18. Sebelius is currently at odds with U.S. bishops over the Obama administration's plans to require that the private health insurance plans of most Catholic institutions cover abortifacients, surgical sterilization procedures and artificial birth control. Chieko Noguchi, director of communications for Washington's Cardinal W. Wuerl, said the Cardinal had no comment on Georgetown's announcement.
In his speech to U.S. Bishops, Pope Benedict said that preservation of a university's Catholic identity "entails much more than the teaching of religion or the mere presence of a chaplaincy on campus."
"In every aspect of their education, students need to be encouraged to articulate a vision of the harmony of faith and reason capable of guiding a life-long pursuit of knowledge and virtue," the pope said.
The pope contrasted the Catholic ideal of education with a current trend toward academic overspecialization.
"Faith's recognition of the essential unity of all knowledge provides a bulwark against the alienation and fragmentation which occurs when the use of reason is detached from the pursuit of truth and virtue," he said. "In this sense, Catholic institutions have a specific role today."
Pope Benedict said that reaffirming Catholic identity in education is part of a broader effort to build a distinctively Catholic "intellectual culture" in the U.S., and a "society ever more solidly grounded in an authentic humanism inspired by the gospel."
Although his remarks principally concerned higher education, the pope also praised the "generous commitment, often accompanied by personal sacrifice" of teachers and administrators in America's Catholic elementary and high schools.
Pope Benedict acknowledged the schools' efforts to ensure that Catholic education "remains within the reach of all families, whatever their financial status."
In a possible reference to proposals for greater public funding of religious education, the pope said that Catholic schools' "significant contribution ... to American society as a whole ought to be better appreciated and more generously supported."
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Georgetown University Invites Kathleen Sebelius to Give Commencement Address
LifeSiteNews.com, May 05, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 4, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Catholic university at the center of the HHS mandate controversy has invited the mandate's sponsor and chief Catholic advocate to address graduates who plan on going into politics.
Georgetown University, an historically Jesuit institution, has announced it is inviting Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to address the commencement of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute on Friday, May 18.
The invitation of the militantly pro-abortion Catholic is buried as the next-to-the last announcement on its list of speakers.
Controversy has engulfed the campus since an alumna, Sandra Fluke, became an outspoken advocate for the HHS mandate.
Sebelius admitted before Congress last week that she had not consulted any Supreme Court decision on religious liberty before promulgating the HHS mandate requiring religious institutions to fund contraception, sterilization, and abortifacient drugs without a co-pay in their health plans.
In addition to her role as chief enforcer of the controversial edict, Sebelius had a lengthy history as a pro-abortion governor of Kansas.
The Cardinal Newman Society, a Catholic educational watchdog organization, has posted. a petition opposing Sebelius' speech on the website GeorgetownScandal.com. The measure asks university president John J. DeGioia to "withdraw the invitation to Secretary Sebelius immediately."
"It is scandalous and outrageous that America's oldest Catholic and Jesuit university has elected to provide this prestigious platform to a publicly 'pro-choice' Catholic who is most responsible for the Obama administration's effort to restrict the Constitution's first freedom-the right to free-exercise of religion-while threatening the survival of many Catholic and other religious colleges and universities, schools, charities, hospitals and other apostolates," it states. "Georgetown insults all Americans by this honor. The selection is especially insulting to faithful Catholics and their bishops, who are engaged in the fight for religious liberty and against abortion."
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