June 21, 2012
The Southern Baptists tell it like it is. Not always and not perfectly but they understand the role of religion in a free society.
Fox News quotes from the Baptists’ findings on same sex “marriage.”
marriage is “the exclusive union of one man and one woman” and that “all sexual behavior outside of marriage is sinful.”
It acknowledges that gays and lesbians sometimes experience “unique struggles” but declares that they lack the “distinguishing features of classes entitled to special protections.”
2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. They do not choose their homosexual condition; for most of them it is a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.
2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.
I’ll say this just so it gets said. God made all people. Some are attracted to people of the same-sex. (and some have disordered attractions to all manner of things). That is not bad or good; only acting on these disordered attractions is wrong. This doesn’t in anyway affect the Church’s – or any decent thinking person’s – love for them as God’s created handiwork. The Church uniformly tells us also to absolutely love these people.
November 30, 2009
Laura returns for this as guest essayist.
This one’s been simmering for several days now, and I wanted to give another, very sincere attempt at responding to the issue – not because I think Matt needs help (he certainly doesn’t!) but because maybe other people deal with these challenges.
For several years, I identified strongly with the Religious Society of Friends, the Quakers. They have an expression: “Speaking to That of God in every man,” which means, simply, that we make a deliberate effort to remember that our opponent is a soul created by God, for whom Christ died – or, as C.S. Lewis wrote, I think in <i>Prince Caspian</i>, to be a son of Adam or a daughter of Eve is enough dignity to raise the head of the lowliest beggar, and enough shame to bow the head of the loftiest king.
Our Lord Jesus Christ had another way of addressing this. We call it The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
In short, when we engage in discussion with opponents on the abortion issue, or other issues, we have an obligation to treat them with courtesy, dignity, and a fundamental human respect that demonstrates, that models, the basic respect for human life of the unborn we would have them to embrace.
In fact, I believe we have a GREATER obligation to courtesy, good manners, and basic kindness – because we know better, because we have a higher Ideal to cling to.
October 17, 2009
The Culture of Life Foundation gives us much to think about. This essay the last in a series tells us how the culture – our laws, our behaviors and our expectations – need to change to fundamentally improve the respect for children. The culture seemingly denies where children come from – like in a 1950’s sitcom. If we fix that and acknowledge the hard truths of the facts of life we will improve our culture.
Admitting Sex is Procreative – a Surprising Proposal to Curb Nonmarital Births
…the conceptual nub of my proposals, I would suggest that any response to these issues must “put the baby back into sex.”
By this I mean that men and women need to acknowledge the overwhelming importance of heterosexual relations’ orientation to the procreation of children – helpless creatures who require decades of intensive labor, a lifetime of interaction, and who apparently come into the world with an inbuilt desire to remain connected to both their father and their mother. No matter the heights and depths of couples’ romantic aspirations and experiences, these can never be divorced from the crucial reality that heterosexual relations are procreative. The law has always known this. Most churches did or still do. And now couples must acknowledge it too, with help from every possible governmental, religious and other social institution. Once the baby is re-introduced into couples’ sexual consciousness, they can better understand that nonmarital sex has its own intrinsically public significance.
April 30, 2009
Exclusive Interview: Cardinal Rigali Says Notre Dame Defence of Obama Honor “Evades Common Sense”
By Kathleen Gilbert
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, April 28, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Philadelphia’s Cardinal Justin Rigali, Chairman of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, weighed in on the Notre Dame scandal in an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews.com today. Rigali called the school’s decision to honor President Obama a “most unfortunate” decision that “must not happen again,” and criticized the school’s defense of the decision as one that “evades common sense.”
President Obama is due to give the commencement address and receive an honorary law degree at Notre Dame May 17.
“My reaction is that it is most unfortunate,” said Rigali. “It’s most unfortunate because of the confusion it causes; it’s most unfortunate because of the message that it gives with regard to the importance of human life; it’s most unfortunate in regard to the confusion that it causes also in the ordinary people – the students, the graduates, the families … but above all, it is most unfortunate because the value that is attributed to life through the recognition of an honorary degree in this regard is just not acceptable.”
Asked to give his opinion on the unprecedented backlash from U.S. bishops and thousands of Catholic laity over Notre Dame’s decision, Rigali said he believes that “something very positive is going on in our country along with all the negative things – that there is a greater and evolving understanding of the value of human life in many, many people.”
“The backlash is due to a great extent the reaction of people who through their intuition, through their common sense, they know that this is just not an acceptable way to take a position on something that is so important,” he said.
See the whole article: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/apr/09042803.html
April 23, 2009
Americans United for Life has created an excellent summary of the issues and legal situations in the nation and the various states. Use it to reply to an argument or to those who claim to be “scientific” without evidence.
Defending Life Home http://dl.aul.org/
AUL’s State-by-State Legal Guide Available Online: Defending Life 2009: Proven Strategies for a Pro-Life America
Or for Purchase at Amazon.com
March 31, 2009
The Susan B. Anthony and other pro-life groups oppose the appointment of Dawn Johnsen to the White House Office of Legal Counsel. Johnsen’s pro-abortion rhetoric is nothing less than insulting to women, whom she insists are “fetal containers,” “inevitable losers in the contraceptive lottery.”
Giving new life is one of the noblest gifts of womanhood. It is our innate nature to protect the weak and defenseless, especially our own young. Johnsen’s rhetoric demeans women, our best selves – and dehumanizes both us and our children.
Unfortunately, this is precisely the sort of persons President Obama is surrounding himself with, staffing his White House with. This is the tenor of the new administration.
For more on Johnsen and protests to her appointment, see here.
March 31, 2009
A report in LifeNews details the risks and complications on the relationships of women who undergo abortion – not only the relationship in which the baby was conceived, but also in subsequent relationships. Increased incidence reported of arguments, jealousy and even violence can plague relationships, post-abortion. Moreover, more than twice as many women experience a newly-developing sexual dysfunction in the wake of the abortion experience.
This is not a surprising finding. It’s been known for years that the relationship in which the aborted child was conceived is at way higher risk for ending. That profound changes in even future relationship dynamics should develop makes complete sense. A woman who has undergone abortion feels differently about herself as a woman; her history raises questions in the mind of the man she becomes involved with. Women hurt – they pick fights in a vague sense of self-defense.
So sociologicial data joins the medical data of increased incidents of medical difficulties – not least of which are increased risk of infertility and breast cancer – in the information concealed from women before they sign on the dotted line.