Sunday, July 7, 2013

Pope Francis' first encyclical

Lumen Fidei:

The Pope notes that the family, not the individual, is the fundamental unit of human society, the...

“... first setting in which faith enlightens the human city.”

“I think first and foremost of the stable union of man and woman in marriage. This union is born of their love, as a sign and presence of God’s own love, and of the acknowledgment and acceptance of the goodness of sexual differentiation, whereby spouses can become one flesh (cf. Gen 2:24) and are enabled to give birth to a new life, a manifestation of the Creator’s goodness, wisdom and loving plan.

“Grounded in this love, a man and a woman can promise each other mutual love in a gesture which engages their entire lives and mirrors many features of faith. Faith also helps us to grasp in all its depth and richness the begetting of children, as a sign of the love of the Creator who entrusts us with the mystery of a new person.”
Marriage is a sacrament. It is a reflection of God's interior life, His love, a gift to us. It is the eternal love between a man and a woman, open to new life.

Marriage is prior to man, prior to society, prior to government.

We need more of this truth.

6 comments:

  1. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyJuly 7, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    I suppose we should now rejoice since evolutionary dead-ends can raise "families" like this:

    The lesbian parents of an 11-year-old boy who is undergoing the process of becoming a girl last night defended the [hormone-blocking] decision, claiming it was better for a child to have a sex change when young.
    --- Daily Mail, Sep 2011

    Of course, everyone knows that "sex-change" operations and hormone treatments do not change sex, any more than facelifts restore youth.

    The truth is, gay "marriage" is a reproductive strategy for otherwise infertile same-sex couples:

    [T]he evidence appears to support Cameron’s (2006) hypothesis regarding the intergenerational transfer of sexual orientation, from a number of different directions, using narrative data, ethnographic data, and data from over two dozen previous
    studies on gay and lesbian parenting. Not only were these results statistically significant but the percentages and odds ratios indicated substantive or clinical significance.

    --- Schumm, J. Biosoc. Sci., 2010

    What amazes me is that Progressives can be ardent evangelists of neo-Darwinism and radical materialism, and simultaneously evangelize a cultural practice that is clearly maladaptive vis-a-vis reproductive success.

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  2. The Catholic Church has always favored breeding like bunnies. This Darwinian tactic to ensure the continuing survival of the Church acknowledges the importance of brainwashing children as a condition of a religion’s success.

    In many cases the children of gay couples score better on measures of health and well being than children of straight couples. The single biggest down side for children with same sex parents is the discrimination they receive at the hands of religious bigots.

    Encouraging bigotry against gays does nothing but hurt the future prospects of the Church. The irony is that on this issue, I’m on the side of a stronger my viable church, and you’re supporting the bigotry and intolerance that are bringing it down.

    -KW

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    1. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyJuly 7, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      How am I "supporting bigotry and intolerance"? By citing peer-reviewed studies?

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    2. Oh yeah. You're really fretting about the future of the church. You're so dishonest it takes my breath away. Troll.

      You sound like Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer telling Republicans that they should pass (illegal) immigration "reform" for the good of the GOP. Because he's really worried about that. And stuff.

      The Catholic Church can't stop being "anti-gay" because they aren't "anti-gay" now.

      Joey

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    3. [The Catholic Church has always favored breeding like bunnies.]

      Yea. That's why they have celibate clergy.

      [the importance of brainwashing children as a condition of a religion’s success.]

      Brainwashing implies force, which the Church does not use. Atheists use legal force to brainwash schoolchildren in their creation myth in science class.

      [In many cases the children of gay couples score better on measures of health and well being than children of straight couples.]

      I don't doubt it. I never said that gays were incapable of being good parents. I believe that children should be raised by a mother and a father, but there certainly gay couples who are good parents.

      [The single biggest down side for children with same sex parents is the discrimination they receive at the hands of religious bigots.]

      I've never seen it or heard of it. The main downside children of gay couples face is that they have no parent of the opposite sex of their parents. And of course that they are exposed to the sin of homosexual conduct. But there are many gay couples who are good and loving parents.

      [Encouraging bigotry against gays does nothing but hurt the future prospects of the Church. The irony is that on this issue, I’m on the side of a stronger my viable church, and you’re supporting the bigotry and intolerance that are bringing it down. ]

      Telling the truth about homosexuality, while treating homosexuals with respect and love, is not bigotry, any more than telling the truth about alcoholism while treating alcoholics with respect and love is bigotry.

      Any more than telling the truth about sin, while treating sinners with respect and love is bigotry.

      Cooperation with sin is a terrible thing to do to a sinner.

      And I do appreciate your concern for the viability of the church.

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  3. "my" should be "more"

    -KW

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