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By Deacon Keith Fournier
Get ready. The faithful Catholics in
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (Catholic Online) - On Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, the “Vital Voice newspaper”, which claims to “provide a diverse and independent voice for the St. Louis Community”, ran a story by Colin Murphy entitled “Hundreds Protest Outside of St. Louis' Cathedral Basilica.” The story was an example of fringe homosexual advocacy that has as its goal a Cultural Revolution. It began with these words:
“Grey skies framed the Neo-Byzantine dome of
What occurred on the first Sunday in Advent in front of that Church will continue throughout Advent and perhaps beyond. It may become a regular experience for those who want to go to Mass to have to walk around protest signs. It may also spread beyond
The article quoted Ed Reggi, the founder of a group called “Show me No Hate”, who said “No longer will we tolerate the religious funding of hate… The Archbishop showed no mercy for the poor, sick and homeless in
The participants are a part of a small, strident and increasingly vocal group within the homosexual community who want the positive law of this Nation to enforce a legal equivalency between homosexual relationships and real marriage. They call support for true marriage and promoting the authentic love which it fosters “hate”. They want to force the Nation to call what can never be a marriage a marriage and then use the police power of the State to enforce their Cultural Revolution. Because they view anyone who opposes them engaging in “hate” they carry signs such as “Separation of Church and hate”.
The article continued: “Reggi was quick to point out that theirs was not a protest against the Catholic faith, but rather the actions of Archbishop Carlson and 45 Catholic Bishops across the
Mr. Reggi, the protestors, by attacking true marriage, are attacking the Catholic Church. The Bishops were promoting the truth which the Catholic Church proclaims to the whole world concerning the nature of real marriage as revealed in the Natural Law, confirmed by revelation and affirmed by experience. The Archbishop of St. Louis released the following response to the Press:
Statement Regarding Protest Outside Cathedral Basilica from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of
“In June of this year, Archbishop Richard Malone of
“The Catholic Church always tries to follow the teachings of Jesus in welcoming all people. The Church does not believe in discrimination. The Church was in the forefront of the Civil Rights movement in this country which sought to end racial discrimination. In the Archdiocese of St. Louis, we are currently the largest private funder of Doorways (www.doorwaysmo.org) an organization the late Archbishop John May help found in the 1980’s. Doorways provides affordable, secure housing and related supportive services to people living with HIV/AIDS. Another example of our support is the Courage/Encourage ministry, which is a worldwide ministry that has a chapter in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and is made known to Catholics every week in the Archdiocesan publication, the St. Louis Review. This ministry works with homosexuals and their families.
“Supporting homosexuals does not mean we can change Christ’s teaching on the nature of marriage. As recorded in the Bible, Jesus says a marriage is between a man and a woman. As Catholics, we believe marriage is a Sacrament, given to us by Christ and witnessed by a priest. We do not have the ability to change the Sacrament of marriage.
That being said, we do have the obligation as Catholics to carry out Christ’s teachings, whether in the privacy of our own home or in the public square. Separation of church and state means that the government cannot favor a particular faith. It does not mean that faith-filled people lose their right to speak out publicly and engage in the political process. In fact, the Catholic Church was in the forefront of the civil rights movement, and that was a political issue as well.
“Following Christ’s teaching on marriage does not mean we neglect the poor. In fact, no other private institution in the world does as much for the sick and the poor as the Catholic Church. In the state of
Many observers thought it would be hard to fill the shoes of the former Archbishop of St. Louis, Raymond Burke who is now serving as the equivalent of the Chief Justice of the Roman Rota. His fidelity, courage, and pastoral wisdom were admired throughout the world. However, the Holy Spirit blessed the faithful of
Catholic Christians insist that the truth concerning marriage - and the family and society founded upon it - is rooted in the Natural Law which can be known by all men and women through the exercise of reason. This Natural Law is “present in the heart of each man and established by reason” and “is universal in its precepts and its authority extends to all men. It expresses the dignity of the person and determines the basis for his fundamental rights and duties.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church # 1956)
There is a Cultural Revolution underway in the West with two conflicting visions of the human person, human freedom, marriage, the family and the nature of a just society. We need to remember that the early Christians were persecuted in ancient
We will triumph over this new paganism that threatens freedom itself. We are called to build a culture of life and a civilization of love. We will never support the efforts to give promiscuous heterosexual or homosexual relationships the same legal status as monogamous marriage. So, let’s get ready for the struggle. The faithful Catholics in