Same-sex unions and Catholic public engagement

July 22

Please see my newest column and the discussion at Inside Catholic

on “Sins of Omission: Catholics, Marriage and Politics”

Surely, for many Catholics, the matter of “fairness” for homosexual persons that we love is a wrenching dilemma. Most of us know or work with wonderful people who struggle with same-sex attraction. It’s natural to want happy and healthy lives for our family members, friends and colleagues. However, the homosexual lifestyle does not lead to happiness or health.

The information on violence and disease that accompanies the homosexual sub-culture is suppressed. Few understand that to approve or promote the lifestyle as a “fairness” issue is a grave injustice to the person with same-sex attraction. It sells a lie–that they will find happiness in a disordered lifestyle.

If we truly love, we do what is right for the other, not what is expedient and comfortable for us.

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“Bless me father for I have sinned” … how often do we fail Christ because we neglect to inform ourselves about what the Church teaches? Scripture and Magisterial teachings prohibit same sex acts, same-sex unions–and when we shrink from teaching and speaking this truth “in season and out” then we fail Christ.

Please read this document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on legalizing same-sex unions.

Hopeful information: Gender Identity Disorder can be observed in little children as young as four-five years old. Competent professionals can reverse the confusion if the child is given help early.

Resources include

Gender Identity Disorder in Children

http://www.ncbcenter.org/

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Persecuted Christians

JULY 16th

Press Release:

American Egyptian Coptic Christians to organize a peaceful demonstration, on July 16, 2008, in front of the White House, to protest violent attacks against Coptic Christians in Egypt

Written by Coptic organizations in the United States

Coptic Organizations in America along with activists from Egypt, the Middle East, Europe and the United states, will conduct a peaceful demonstration in front of the White House on Wednesday July 16, 2008, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm.

The purpose is to convey, to world’s opinion and international human rights organizations, the systematic and continuous persecution, murders, discrimination, marginalization, and the organized (by the security police, and muslim organizations) kidnapping of Coptic girls inflicted on Coptic Christians of Egypt by the Egyptian government and Muslim “extremists,” which in many cases represent the whole “moderate” population of a village or a town, following recent killings and attacks on Christian homes, businesses and institutions.

We will be joined in Washington D.C. by several Congressmen and Senators, including Congressman Frank Wolf who introduced House Resolution 1303, condemning the Egyptian government’s human rights violations, and several TV stations will cover the demonstration. 

Independence Day

Happy Fourth of July  to all!

It is well to remember that the Pilgrims sought religious freedom.

Our birth as a nation surely encompassed economic and political freedoms, but can those freedoms be revered where religious freedom is not first?

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