Sunday, November 30, 2008

Something else to thank Holy Cross College for...

Today's Sunday Telegram (Worcester Telegram & Gazette) is running a story by Denise Lavoie on the retirement of Justice John Greaney (an SJC judge). This article is subtitled, "Holy Cross pointed Greaney to profession."

Lavoie writes, "Justice John Greaney didn't write the Supreme Judicial Court's landmark ruling making Massachusetts the first state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage, but five years later, a passage from his concurring opinion is sometimes used by gay couples in their wedding ceremonies. 'We share a common humanity and participate together in the social contract that is the foundation of our Commonwealth,' Greaney wrote. 'Simple principles of decency dictate that we extend...full acceptance, tolerance and respect. We should do so because it is the right thing to do.'"

Greaney, the son of an Irish immigrant, "said he knew he wanted to be a judge since his days at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, where his professors 'kept stressing that you have to do something with your life and contribute to society and the well-being of others.'"

And Justice Greaney believes that he has contributed to "the well-being of others"? To the common good? The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in a document entitled Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons, had this to say:

"The inevitable consequences of legal recognition of homosexual unions would be the redefinition of marriage, which would become, in its legal status, an institution devoid of essential reference to factors linked to homosexuality; for example, procreation and raising children. If, from the legal standpoint, marriage between a man and a woman were to be considered just one possible form of marriage, the concept of marriage would undergo a radical transformation, with grave detriment to the common good. By putting homosexual unions on a legal plane analogous to that of marriage and the family, the State acts arbitrarily and in contradiction with its duties." (No. 8).

Yes indeed, Holy Cross is creating quite a name for itself. Just recently, this institution spent a week promoting homosexuality.

Recall the teaching of Pope Pius XI in his famous Encyclical "On Christian Marriage":

"First of all, let this remain the unchanged and unshakable foundation: Matrimony was neither established nor restored by man but by God. It has been protected, strengthened, and elevated not by the laws of men, but by those of God, the author of human nature, and of Christ who restored that same nature. Consequently, these laws cannot be changed according to men's pleasure, nor by any agreement of the spouses themselves that is contrary to these laws. This is the teaching of Sacred Scripture (see Gen 1:27; 2:22f.; Mt 19:3ff.; Eph 5:23ff.); this is the constant, universal tradition of the Church; this is the solemn definition of the holy Council of Trent, which in the words of Sacred Scripture teaches and reasserts that the permanent and indissoluble bond of matrimony, its unity and strength, have their origin in God."

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Nos. 1603-1605, explain marriage in the order of creation:

"The intimate community of life and love which constitutes the married state has been established by the Creator and endowed by him with its own proper laws. . . . God himself is the author of marriage." The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator. Marriage is not a purely human institution despite the many variations it may have undergone through the centuries in different cultures, social structures, and spiritual attitudes. These differences should not cause us to forget its common and permanent characteristics. Although the dignity of this institution is not transparent everywhere with the same clarity, some sense of the greatness of the matrimonial union exists in all cultures. "The well-being of the individual person and of both human and Christian society is closely bound up with the healthy state of conjugal and family life."

God who created man out of love also calls him to love the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being. For man is created in the image and likeness of God who is himself love. Since God created him man and woman, their mutual love becomes an image of the absolute and unfailing love with which God loves man. It is good, very good, in the Creator's eyes. And this love which God blesses is intended to be fruitful and to be realized in the common work of watching over creation: "And God blessed them, and God said to them: 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it.'"

Holy Scripture affirms that man and woman were created for one another: "It is not good that the man should be alone." The woman, "flesh of his flesh," his equal, his nearest in all things, is given to him by God as a "helpmate"; she thus represents God from whom comes our help. "Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh." The Lord himself shows that this signifies an unbreakable union of their two lives by recalling what the plan of the Creator had been "in the beginning": "So they are no longer two, but one flesh."

Pray for Justice Greaney and the College of the Holy Cross.


Anonymous said...

I don't think we can "thank" (or rather blame) Holy Cross that much for giving us ex-Justice Greaney. He graduated from Holy Cross in 1960 when it was still Catholic in its education and student life. At that time the college president was Fr. William Donaghy, who really brought the presence of the Sodality of Our Lady to the campus with May processions, and the comcomitant devitions of altars to our Lady and corridor Rosaries in each dorm. Somewhere along the line and long after then did Justice Greaney "change" and in spite of (and not because) of his education at Holy Cross.

I know of another judge (retired) also a graduate from Holy Cross from about that time. He was honored by the community (including his parish and the diocese) as a good Catholic and a local boy making good in being appointed a judge. While still an active judge, he confided to me that (as the law allows) he would have no qualms in declaring a minor "emancipated" to obtain an abortion without her parents' consent. Thankfully he served in divorce court and thus had no opportunity to exercise such authority or judgment.

Nonetheless, I agree that we should "[p]ray for Justice Greaney [and my friend the retired-judge] and the College of the Holy Cross

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

Anonymous, you have no sense of humor? The title of my post was intended as sarcasm in the light of what Holy Cross has become and what it has offerred in recent years. It was Justice Greaney himself who said that he knew he wanted to be a judge since his days at the College of the Holy Cross.

Anonymous said...

I think Holy Cross would have played a major role in Greaney's development. Proverbs 22:6 says, "Train a young man according to his way, even when he is old he will not depart from it."

Anonymous writes, "Somewhere along the line and long after then did Justice Greaney "change" and in spite of (and not because) of his education at Holy Cross." But how does he/she know this for a fact? Only God is able to judge a man's interior dispositions and to read his heart. And anonymous is not God.

I wasn't present during Greaney's education. Neither was anonymous. I don't think we can say with any certainty whether or not a Holy Cross education played a role in his subsequent decision to support same-sex "marriage."

I do think anonymous' commentis a knee-jerk reaction. He/she is probably just being a bit too sensitive.

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