Gentle Reader: I've not done an activist post for a while. Heck, I've not posted for a while! lol
It's time to get serious about what marriage means. If you believe, as the Roman Catholic Church teaches us that Christ intended, that the family is a miniature of Holy Church; God as the bridegroom (Father) and the Church as the bride (Mother). If you are a Catholic and you think that the family unit is open to "interpretations" that include unmarried cohabitants, 2 men or 2 women, "married" GLBT couples, then somewhere along the line you have been deceived by our culture into thinking that alternative to the norm is (or should be) the norm.
Really, what is the norm these days? I read those bumper stickers that say "Subvert the Dominant Paradigm" and laugh. The dominant paradigm these days is: whatever. Traditionalism is subversion. I know that's not what the bumper sticker composer meant which is why I think it's so funny.
In Minnesota, in November of 2012 (next year), the state will vote on a constitutional amendment to the state constitution that will define marriage as the union between one man and one woman. Understand, the amendment will NOT overturn domestic partner registries but it will withold the sacramental term of "marriage" from being applied to alternative forms of coupling.
As Catholics, we must believe that marriage is not just a word, it's not just a civic, legal term. Marriage is a Sacrament - one of the Seven Sacraments of the Faith. How long, really, if the amendment fails, do you think it will be before the Roman Catholic Church is forced to recognize or perform "marriages" that are not one man and one woman? How long do you think the render unto Ceasar what is his and render unto God what is His separation will last in such a culture?
There are Catholics in our parishes and in elected office who have been catechized, not by the actual Catechism of the Catholic Church
, but the catechism of popular culture. They believe it's ok that marriage is NOT between one man and one woman and they want YOU to believe so too.
Someone is going to come by and say something like: well, YOU, have legislated that we believe that marriage IS between one man and one woman and we don't agree...This Nation may have been founded by radicals in the eyes of Britain, but was it founded by radicals in the eyes of God? Would the Founders of this Nation have any CLUE that one day it would even be conceivable that allowing 2 men to legally marry is under discussion? No. If they had any concept of it, it was from Scripture and world history where they perceived that cultures and cities that were sexually permissive did not fare very well.
My friend, Ray
has been doing some tremendous education work with the local Catholic Defense League. Archbishop Nienstedt and several parish priests are also writing educational pieces in newspapers and bulletins - as well as preaching from the ambo on Sunday. It's not enough. We need YOU! Speak to your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. Write. The other side is well-mobilized. One of the local papers, which a columnist for my town paper rightly terms: The Enemy Paper, is a biased mouthpiece of blasphemy and sacrilege. This rag is, unfortunately, the paper with the largest local circulation.
The other evening a young man came to the door supporting the idea that the term "marriage" should be for everybody. He believes that something is being denied him and he wants it. The term marriage is available to everyone. It's not denied to anyone. But, there are rules for obtaining it. Marriage is not a RIGHT. I'm single - does that mean we should do away with the term "single" because there are days when I feel alone?
The young activist and I exchanged pleasantries. He wanted me to sign his petition. I told him I believe marriage is between one man and one woman and I can't help him by signing his petition. The smile fell off his face and he wished me a good evening and left. That's it. We don't need to be unpleasant; just state the Truth, simply and plainly.
We need more people stating the Truth. Don't sit around in silence for the next year.
By the way, in St. Paul there are some local races you may want to pay CLOSE attention to next month (November 2011). Pay serious attention to the Ward races and the School Board races this year. What are the candidate's agendas? Don't kid yourself that all the candidates only care about the parameters of the office they are running for. Who is sponsoring their candidacy? What organizations support them? We are a year out from the marriage amendment vote - it's not a coincidence that some candidates are trying to get into local offices NOW. You may wonder what the City Council and the School Board have to do with the marriage amendment. I say: indoctrination can happen anywhere. Also, voting this year will be RANKED voting - in which you rank your preferences in each race. It's no longer one person in the race gets your single vote. The person with the top ranking in the pool of voters is elected.It's like grading on a scale. Ranked voting gives me a headache but the people spoke.
The people will speak in November 2012 as well. I pray they speak for marriage as God intended.