Sunday, June 15, 2008

June 16-17: Days of Intense Reparation and Urgent Prayer

Same-sex "wedding" ceremonies will be performed in California starting in part on June 16 and in full swing on June 17.

And for Catholics like ourselves, the condoning of same-sex “marriage” would be tantamount to a renunciation of Faith.

In a spirit of reparation and rejection of the sins of homosexuality based on the perennial teaching of the Catholic Church and Natural Law, members of TFP-America are spending June 16-17 offering prayers, sacrifices and some are even offering a holy hour of adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

We must remember that:

1) Catholics Have an Obligation to Oppose Same-Sex “Marriage”

Considerations states that Catholics must do their utmost to oppose the legalization of homosexual unions. We are bound a fortiori to resist homosexual “marriage,” taking into account the following points in Considerations:*

“The approval or legalization of evil is something far different from the toleration of evil.”*

“One must refrain from any kind of formal cooperation in the enactment or application of such gravely unjust laws.”*

“Material cooperation on the level of their application” must be avoided.

* One may even resort to the “right to conscientious objection.”

* Where homosexual unions have been legalized, “clear and emphatic opposition is a duty.” (No. 5)

2) Laws that Contradict Right Reason Do Not Bind in Conscience

Considerations explains the moral basis for this resistance, saying, “civil law cannot contradict right reason without losing its binding force on conscience” (Evangelium Vitae, no. 72).

Every law must be “consistent with the natural moral law recognized by right reason, and insofar as it respects the inalienable rights of every person.”[17]

The natural moral law binds all people, in all times. No State is above its precepts. State authorities who enact or enforce same-sex “marriage” laws fail in their duty to uphold the common good.

To them can be addressed the words of Saint John the Baptist to King Herod: “It is not lawful for thee.” (Matt. 14:4; Mark 6:18)

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