Thursday, May 20, 2010

Fr. James Martin is Flat Out Wrong

Fr. James Martin, S.J the culture editor for the Jesuit weekly magazine America, has come out in an article entitled Hingham, Same-Sex Marriage and Life Issues criticizing Pope Benedict XVI when he declared Pope Benedict XVI's comments last week in Fatima, Portugal, in which he stated that abortion and same-sex marriage were "some of today's most insidious and dangerous threats" to the common good seemed oddly discordant. The equation of abortion, something that clearly is about a threat to life, with same-sex marriage, which no matter how you look at it, does not mean that anyone is going to die, is bizarre. A good friend of mine, who is gay, recently resigned from a position at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, where he said, with great dismay, that “abortionsamesexmarriage” had become one polysyllabic word among some of his bosses. He further argues "Why has same-sex marriage been equated with abortion? Are they really equivalent "threats" to life? If you’re looking for a life issue with stakes as high as abortion, why not something that actually threatens life? Like war? Or the death penalty? Or the kind of poverty and destitution that lead to death? Why aren't “abortion and war” the most "insidious and dangerous" threats to the common good? Or “war and the death penalty”? Or “war and poverty?” The great danger is that this increasingly popular equation will seem to many as having less to do with moral equivalency and more to do with a simple dislike, or even a hatred, of gays and lesbians." There are a few points that I would like to make regarding Father Martin's poor understanding of human sexuality and its relationship to life. Homosexuality is against the laws of God and the laws of nature. It is never under any circumstances devoid of moral consequences. What Pope Benedict is saying is that the very fabric of the Trinitarian life is the family and when you destroy the family you are attacking the Church and turning your back on God. Father Martin has chosen to side with the pagan, secular society that believes that there are no moral consequences for one's actions. This is equivalent to looking over the Ten Commandments like a drive-thru menu, what would you argue next for? Bestiality? There is a link between abortion and same sex-marriage: they are both morally wrong, they both disrespect what is and what will always be God's plan for humanity from the beginning - the family unit and the continuation of life, they are insidious because as they become more accepted and commonplace within societal norms, man will be destroying his very self. Father Martin, let's rid ourselves of the Mass and the Eucharist and start worshiping "golden calves." I'm sure St. Ignatius is proud of you.

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