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Scotus and the state of things

June 28, 2013

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) gave its ruling on June 26, claiming that it is unconstitutional for the Federal government to consider same-sex marriages as illegal if the States has approved them, thus overturning the Defense of Marriage Act. This decision defies moral principles, but the surest way to defeat this immorality is by praying the rosary to Our Lady Immaculate.

Pastor's Corner for Sunday, June 30

It might surprise some to hear that the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from its “International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems” (ICD) only in 1990. Or that just a decade ago – when the United States Supreme Court declared that anti-sodomy laws were unconstitutional – current “gay marriage” rights protagonists (such as USA Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama) actually opposed this agenda.[1]

Even 6 years later, when an attempt to legalized same-sex marriage took place via the state court in Hawaii, politicians on Capitol Hill immediately (and during an election year no less) passed with an overwhelming bi-partisan majority the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) – which was then ratified by none-other than President Clinton. As a reminder, the purpose of DOMA was to protect the Federal government from having to recognize gay marriages, and thus consequentially be required to provide these “couples” with benefits given to the spouses of true marriages.

Now on Wednesday (June 26th) of this week, the Scotus ruling has overturned such formerly-held and defended institutional attitudes, as the Supreme Court ruled that DOMA cannot be enforced if the State has legalized same-sex marriage. Deepening this tragedy are those Catholic politicians who failed in their duty to uphold immutable moral principles as irrevocably held and taught by the Church, let alone the precepts of Natural Law.

On the other hand, it is admirable that four of the Supreme Court Justices attempted to uphold DOMA, even in contradiction to their Catholic-in-name-only associate justice, Anthony Kennedy, who attempted to persuade them with potent civil rights-era rhetoric, arguing that the Federal DOMA of 1996 robs the “dignity” of gay marriage “wedding vows” now allowed in certain States.

One must wonder how Justice Kennedy could possibly be unaware of the Church’s basic moral teaching on homosexuality and thus same-sex marriages, let alone give his support and vote in blatant contradiction to this clear statement given by the Congregation of the Faith in 1992:

In those situations where homosexual unions have been legally recognized or have been given the legal status and rights belonging to marriage, clear and emphatic opposition is a duty. One must refrain from any kind of formal cooperation in the enactment or application of such gravely unjust laws and, as far as possible, from material cooperation on the level of their application. In this area, everyone can exercise the right to conscientious objection.

Combined with the genocide of abortion (and the forthcoming legalization of euthanasia), the moral future of the United States looks more bleak than ever as predicted by Archbishop Charles Caput of Philadelphia, who foresees that homosexual weddings will "compete with and diminish the uniquely important status" with real marriages between a man and woman. His Excellency posits furthermore that even if the Scotus case will not have an immediate bearing in States that continue to outlaw gay marriage, nonetheless, the defense of the family (and thus the future of society and the upbringing of children) will continue to be eroded away.

As Catholics though – and despite the gloomy clouds that overshadow our situation – we must continue to have hope – hope in the ultimate victory of Christ – and to pray, particularly the Rosary of Our Lady, who will crush all heresies – and thus immoralities – with her pure and Immaculate Heart.


Footnote

1 Main source of article is from Philly.com in an article entitled, “What do the Supreme Court's gay-marriage rulings mean?” published on June 27, 2013.

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