FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE CULTURE OF LIFE
June 27, 2015
What a terrible, disturbing, dangerous, diabolical development! But not totally unexpected, given the aggressive onslaught of anti-life, anti-family, homosexualist forces, and the neglect of God’s people for standing up for the authentic faith and traditional values.
Now the assault will intensify throughout the world. The reproductive rights and gender ideologues have scored a major victory in the most powerful country in the world, and will aggressively spread their errors to the ends of the earth. Christians (authentic ones, that is) can expect to be persecuted for their beliefs. It is crunch time.
What are we to do? First and most important is to do rapid and massive evangelization. There has to be conversion, especially of God’s people who are fallen away. The gospel needs to be proclaimed anew.
Second, we must continue to strengthen our families and our Christian communities. God has to be at the center. Our children and our youth need to be taught to live pure. Families and communities need to know the word of God much more, making the Bible the basis for their lives.
Third, we need to preach the gospel of life. People need to be told what is authentically true about Christian human sexuality and morality. We need to more strongly speak against what is wrong, though this will now, even more, subject us to court suits, crippling fines and imprisonment. Things will get worse before they get better. As such, these will be paths for us to embrace the cross and grow in holiness.
On top of all these, we need to be an intensely Eucharistic people and look to our Mother Mary as intercessor. God have mercy on us and on the whole world. And onward, Christian soldiers!
US Supreme Court rules all states must recognize same-sex marriage
Catholic World News – June 26, 2015
In a sweeping historic decision released on June 26, the US Supreme Court has ruled that the Fourteenth amendment to the US Constitution requires all states to grant legal recognition to same-sex marriages.
By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court justices settled the case of Obergefell v. Hodges by issuing a new legal definition of marriage, and overturning the laws of all the states that currently do not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy argued that the Constitution “does not permit the state to bar same-sex couples from marriage on the same terms as accorded to couples of the opposite sex.”
Claiming that the institution of marriage has “evolved over time,” Justice Kennedy wrote that the essence of the marital bond is a sharing of intimacy, which does not require partners of opposite sexes. He argued that the plaintiffs in the Obergefell case were not undermining the institution of marriage, but showing their respect for that institution by seeking to participate in it. The majority opinion reasoned that the ability to marry would help to stabilize same-sex unions, and benefit the children raised by homosexual partners.
Justice Kennedy explicitly rejected the notion that marriage is intrinsically oriented to procreation, writing: “An ability, desire, or promise to procreate is not and has not been a prerequisite for a valid marriage in any state.”
The majority opinion said that religious bodies would retain the right to argue that “same-sex marriage should not be condoned.” The First Amendment, Justice Kennedy wrote, “ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection” for such expressions of belief.
In a strong dissent, Chief Justice John Roberts said that the majority decision was “deeply disheartening.” Saying that the question of marriage should properly be left to state legislators, and ultimately to the people, he wrote: “Under Constitution, judges have power to say what the law is, not what it should be.”
The Chief Justice questioned whether the Obergefell decision would leave religious bodies free to argue against same-sex marriage. He observed that the majority opinion acknowledged the right of churches to “advocate” against homosexuality. He continued: “The First Amendment guarantees, however, the freedom to “exercise” religion. Ominously, that is not a word the majority uses.”
In a separate, blistering dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia referred to the majority decision as a “judicial Putsch” and “this Court’s threat to American democracy.” Justice Scalia said that by redefining marriage, the Supreme Court “robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.”
Openly mocking the argument of the majority opinion, Justice Scalia said that there was no warrant in the Constitution for the Court’s finding. He wrote: “When the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified in 1868, every State limited marriage to one man and one woman, and no one doubted the constitutionality of doing so.”
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