Friday, January 08, 2010

Crisis in Lisbon: Saying No to Sanity

Cardinal Jose Policarpo of Lisbon Portugal is being accused of a "pact of silence" with socialist prime minister Jose Socrates to advance same-sex "marriage" in that country. Even though The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in its document entitled "Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons," had this to say:

'The inevitable consequence 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 heterosexuality; 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 to that of marriage and the family, the State acts arbitrarily and in contradiction with its duties.' (No. 8).

In No. 8 of Considerations, the CDF explains that, "Differentiating between persons or refusing social recognition or benefits is unacceptable only when it is contrary to justice. The denial of the social and legal status of marriage to forms of cohabitation that are not and cannot be marital is not opposed to justice; on the contrary, justice requires it."

As I have said before, the retreat from truth is necessary before the reign of Antichrist. There is a preparation. Many are "intellectualizing" themselves into dissent and apostasy from the true Faith. The battlefield is in the mind. The attack is intellectual and psychological. Sin must be justified so that a new religion can turn vices into gods.

What is this but a form of insanity? In the words of the late (great) F.J. Sheed: "..if we see anything - ourself or some other man, or the Universe as a whole or any part of it - without at the same time seeing God holding it there, then we are seeing it all wrong. If we saw a coat hanging on a wall and did not realize that it was held there by a hook, we should not be living in the real world at all, but in some fantastic world of our own in which coats defied the law of gravity and hung on walls by their own power. Similarly if we see things in existence and do not in the same act see that they are held in existence by God, then equally we are living in a fantastic world, not the real world. Seeing God everywhere and all things upheld by Him is not a matter of sanctity; but of plain sanity, because God is everywhere and all things are upheld by Him...To overlook God's presence is not simply to be irreligious; it is a kind of insanity, like overlooking anything else that is actually there." (Theology and Sanity, p.6).


Roger Vaste said...

Absolutely frightening what is happening in Portugal. Our Lady told Sister Lucia that Portugal would keep the faith. It seems that the government will not. And that some in the hierarchy are losing their faith.

Anonymous said...

It's a "done deal" (including preventing any referendum):

Portugal MPs approve gay marriage

RTE (Ireland) News
Friday, 8 January 2010

The Portuguese parliament has approved at first reading a bill to legalise gay marriage but rejected proposals to allow same-sex couples to adopt.

The vote went mainly on party lines, with the left-wing majority backing the measure proposed by Prime Minister Jóse Sócrates and the right-wing opposition voting against.

It will now be reviewed in committee before coming back for a final vote in parliament.

Mr Sócrates said the aim was to remedy decades of injustice towards gays, recalling that as recently as 1982 homosexuality was a crime in Portugal.

Parliament also defeated a demand backed by the right for a referendum following a petition which collected more than 90,000 signatures

Meredith said...

The apostasy is spreading across the U.S. like a cancer. Many "Catholic" politicians are abandoning their faith.

From Deal Hudson

The following are the names of the Catholic co-sponsors of H.R. 3567, a bill "to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and ensure respect for State regulation of marriage," according to Smith's tally:

Rep. Michael Arcuri (D, NY-24)
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D, CA-31)
Rep. Michael Capuano (D, MA-8)
Rep. Wm. "Lacy" Clay (D, MO-1)
Rep. Gerald "Gerry" Connolly (D, VA-11)
Rep. Joe Courtney (D, CT-2)
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D, NY-7)
Rep. Bill Delahunt (D, MA-10)
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D, CT-3)
Rep. Michael Doyle (D, PA-14)
Rep. Raul Grijalva (D, AZ-7)
Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D, IL-4)
Rep. John Hall (D, NY-19)
Rep. Brian Higgins (D, NY-27)
Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D, NY-22)
Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D, RI-1)
Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D, OH-15)
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D, OH-10)
Rep. John Larson (D, CT-1)
Rep. Ben Lujan (D, NM-3)
Rep. Stephen Lynch (D, MA-9)
Rep. Daniel Maffei (D, NY-25)
Rep. Edward Markey (D, MA-7)
Rep. Betty McCollum (D, MN-4)
Rep. James McGovern (D, MA-3)
Rep. George Miller (D, CA-7)
Rep. Jim Moran (D, VA-8)
Rep. Grace Napolitano (D, CA-38)
Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D, NJ-6)
Rep. Ed Pastor (D, AZ-4)
Rep. Charles Rangel (D, NY-15)
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D, CA-34)
Rep. Linda Sanchez (D, CA-39)
Rep. Jose Serrano (D, NY-16)
Rep. Joe Sestak (D, PA-7)
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D, NH-1)
Rep. Paul Tonko (D, NY-21)
Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D, NY-12)
Rep. Diane Watson (D, CA-33)

Ellen Wironken said...

Kevin Jennings, Obama's "Safe Schools" Czar, has backed play presenting Biblical view of homosexuality as hateful. See here:

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