On May 23rd Vatican Radio reported the following in an article entitled Irish voters approve referendum allowing same-sex “marriage”:
The country’s Bishops had engaged in a relatively low-key campaign largely restricted to the reading of pastoral letters at Masses in parishes.
The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, took to the airwaves pointing to the reasons why he was voting ‘no’, namely because of his belief that marriage is a unique institution involving one man and one woman.
The Archbishop, however, stopped short of telling Catholics how they should vote, pointedly saying “those days are gone” – a reference to a time when the Irish Catholic hierarchy frequently instructed Mass-goers on how they should vote.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church is clear:
2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,141 tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.“142 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.
During recent times, the pastors of the flock in Ireland have shown that they are compromised by their corruption and that they are weak and spineless when it comes to protecting their sheep. And now the Irish flock is confused and without support – the sheep have been thrown to the wolves; many have been consumed by the wolves; and now many are the wolves. The remnants of flock of Ireland are scattered.
Here in America, we will not vote on this fundamental question of natural law. No, the question is now in the hands of the Supreme Court. The blog Constitution Daily summarizes the case as follows:
Obergefell v. Hodges (heard April 28, 2015) – The Supreme Court heard extended arguments last week about the legality of same-sex marriages in four states. Its eventual decision could be a landmark civil rights moment, or a move that would confuse a lot of people on both sides of the issue. Same-sex marriage supporters believe the unions are permitted nationally under the Constitution’s Due Process and Equal Protection provisions. But four states in this lawsuit – Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee – believe same-sex marriage eligibility should be determined by the states, through a political process that gives voters a role in the decision.
So, how will that case go? Will America become another Ireland? If Catholics in public office performed their duties in accordance with Catholic moral teaching, then orthodox Catholics would have nothing to fear in the coming ruling. As Wikipedia notes:
In May 2009, President Barrack Obama nominated a Catholic woman, Sonia Sotomayor, to replace retiring Justice David Souter. Her confirmation raised the number of Catholics on the Court to six, compared to three non-Catholics.
Yet, there is little consolation in those numbers. Catholics are conflicted and undereducated in their Faith. The Catholic Justices will make a show of seeking to interpret the Constitution based on the facts in Obergefell v. Hodges and not on their religious beliefs. Somehow, though, they will not leave their politics behind as easily as they do their religion.
The majority of American Catholics will not be dismayed should the Justices decide against Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. That is because recent polling shows that up to 54% of Catholics support so-called same-sex marriage.
How is it that Catholics are either unaware of the teaching of the Church or, if they are aware of it, they have decided to defy the teaching? The answer is rather complicated, of course. But you can be sure that Saul Alinsky-like tactics have been used to bring about changes in thinking throughout the land. For the Catholic Church, however, the real problem has been in our seminaries, where priestly vocations have been corrupted.
Have you ever heard of Sexual Attitude Restructuring (SAR)? Perhaps you should read The moral plague of SAR that appeared in Homiletic & Pastoral Review in June 1984. Once you have learned how “sexuality workshops, using pornographic films to desensitize students have been taking place on many Catholic college campuses and seminaries”, then you will have a better understanding of the corruption brought about by Bishop Kenneth Untener while he was still alive. According to James Likoudis, while Rector of St. John’s Seminary, Plymouth, MI, then Rev. Untener, had seminarians view pornographic films which were part of the Sexual Attitude Restructuring Program (SAR).
If a priest is malformed, you can only expect that the spiritual lives of the sheep assigned to these corrupted shepherds will be in jeopardy. As this process of radicalizing the priesthood goes on over decades, you will find that the sheep will become radicalized as well. Of course 54% of Catholics support so-called same-sex marriages. You have only to look at the members of the clergy that were either taught by Bishop Untener or who are sympathetic with the dissent spread by Bishop Untener to understand why 54% of the sheep might go astray.
Consider that Bishop Untener was author of or at least inspired what you will find in the The Little Burgundy Book that was placed in the vestibule of St. Peter’s Church this last weekend. No, The Little Burgundy Book does not mention SAR nor any other great evil. The Little Burgundy Book only helps you to think that it might be worthwhile to read more of Bishop Untener’s works. Now where do you suppose that will take you? Ask the 54% of Catholics who want what Ireland now has.
America – the pastors are leaving the sheep and now the sheep are leaving the fold.