THE SERVANT GENERAL
ASSAULTS ON FAITH, FAMILY AND LIFE
GAY PRIDE PARADES
Homosexuals and homosexualists march on, proclaiming pride
in their depravity. They march in our streets, as well as
into our churches. They are directly assaulting faith, family
and life. They seek to destroy our Church, with her truths
about the authentic Christian life. They intend to impose
their diabolical will upon us and our children.
They must be resisted and opposed. This is total war. True
Christians must be holy warriors that confront the enemy.
There must be zero tolerance for the homosexualist agenda.
Bishop Schneider explains the correct Catholic response to
Kazakhstan, August 1, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) The
totalitarianism of homosexual and gender ideology is actively
working to conquer the Catholic Church, the “last bastion
of resistance,” a respected bishop has
a statement dated July 28, and published here in full in English,
Bishop Athanasius Schneider has
said it cannot be ruled out that the Church, in the not too
distant future, “will be faced with a situation similar
to the situation of persecution by the Roman Empire in the
first three centuries, when adherence to the totalitarian
ideology of idolatry was also obligatory for Christians.”
however, instead of burning incense to idols, the acceptable
libation poured out to prove one’s adherence to the
homosexual and gender ideology agenda is offered through the
warm acceptance of “gay pride” parades and other
similar events by some Catholic priests, bishops and even
Schneider, an auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan who grew
up in the underground Church under Soviet communism, has therefore
decided to issue a statement on “the correct Catholic
response to ‘gay pride’ events.”
comments to LifeSiteNews regarding the reason and timing of
his statement, Bishop Schneider said:
A Catholic bishop has the grave moral duty to raise his
voice and take a stand regarding the phenomenon of ‘gay
pride’ parades. There is a systematic spread of ‘gay
pride’ parades throughout the entire Western world.
Furthermore, one can also see
a growing support for the ‘gay pride’ phenomenon
among representatives of the Catholic clergy.
At the same time, there is a widespread situation of silence,
passivity and fear among those in the Church who should
unambiguously address this situation and protect the life
of the Church from the infiltration of the poison of the
ideology of homosexuality and gender, and proclaim the truth
of God’s creation and of His holy commandments.
Here below we publish in full the official English text of
Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s statement.
correct Catholic response to “Gay Pride” events
In recent decades, “gay pride” parades started
spreading through cities of the Western world. The clear objective
of this constantly growing phenomenon is to take over the
town squares of all the cities of the western world and, in
the long term, the cities of the entire world, with the exception
of Islamic countries because of fear of predictable violent
demonstrations are carried out with enormous financial and
logistical commitments, accompanied by propaganda supported
by the most influential powers of public life, namely political
elites, social media and powerful economic and financial bodies.
Such unanimous support on the part of these public bodies
was typical of historical totalitarian systems in order to
impose a certain ideology on society. The so-called “gay
pride” demonstrations unmistakably resemble the propaganda
marches of various totalitarian political regimes of the past.
there is one very important voice in public life that has
not yet officially, or to a large extent, joined this unanimous
chorus of support for so-called “gay pride” parades.
This voice is that of the Catholic Church. The
totalitarianism of homosexualist gender ideology is pursuing
its most ambitious goal, which is to conquer the last bastion
of resistance, i.e. the Catholic Church.
the meantime, this goal has unfortunately been in some way
achieved, since it has been observed that an
increasing number of priests, and even some bishops and cardinals,
publicly express in various ways their support for these totalitarian
marches, called “gay pride.” These
priests, bishops and cardinals thereby become agents and promoters
of an ideology that represents a direct offense to God and
to the dignity of the human person, created male and female,
created in the image and likeness of God.
ideology, or the ideology of homosexuality, represents a revolt
against the creative work of God, which is so admirably wise
and loving. It is a revolt against the creation of the human
being in both sexes male and female which are
necessarily and wonderfully complementary. Homosexual or lesbian
acts profane the male or female body, which is the temple
of God. In fact, the Holy Spirit says, “If anyone destroys
God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s
temple is holy, and that temple you are” (1 Cor 3:17).
The Holy Spirit declares in
Sacred Scripture that homosexual acts are ignominious, since
they are contrary to nature as it was created by God:
“For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions.
Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and
the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and
were consumed with passion for one another, men committing
shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons
the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see
fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a base mind and
to improper conduct” (Rom 1:26-28). The Holy Spirit
then declares that persons who commit gravely sinful acts,
including homosexual acts, will not inherit eternal life:
“Do not be deceived: neither the immoral, nor idolaters,
nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the greedy,
nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the
kingdom of God” (1 Cor 6:9-10).
the grace of Christ has such a power that it transforms an
idolater, an adulterer, or a practicing homosexual into a
new man. The quoted text from the Word of God goes on to say:
“And such were some of you [idolaters, adulterers, sodomites]!
But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified
in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of
our God" (1 Cor 6:11). Faced with this truth and reality
about grace, the light of hope and true progress shines brightly
on the anti-Divine and anti-human scene of the ideology and
practice of homosexuality; that is, the hope and real possibility
that a person who performs homosexual acts can be transformed
into a new man, created in the truth of holiness: “You
did not so learn Christ! assuming that you have heard
about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus.
Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner
of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts, and be renewed
in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new nature, created
after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness”
(Eph 4:20-24). These words of God are the only message worthy
of hope and liberation that a Christian, and even more so
a priest and a bishop, should offer people who perform homosexual
acts or propagate gender ideology.
totalitarianism and intolerance of gender ideology, by their
own logic, also requires totalitarian adherence. All sectors
of society, including the Catholic Church, must therefore
be obliged to express somehow their acceptance of this ideology.
One of the most widespread and concrete public means for imposing
this ideology lies in the so-called “gay pride”
cannot be ruled out that the Catholic Church, in the not too
distant future, will be faced with a situation similar to
the situation of persecution by the Roman Empire in the first
three centuries, when adherence to the totalitarian ideology
of idolatry was also obligatory for Christians. At that time,
the test or verification of such adherence consisted in the
civil and politically correct act of burning several grains
of incense in front of the statue of an idol or of the emperor.
instead of burning several grains of incense, the gesture
of solidarity with the “gay pride” parades is
offered through a warm welcome from clergy and even through
a special prayer service in support of the alleged rights
to homosexual activities and to the spread of their ideology.
We are witnessing an incredible
scenario, in which some priests and even bishops and cardinals,
without blushing, are already offering grains of incense to
the idol of homosexuality or gender ideology, to the applause
of the powerful ones of this world, that is, to the applause
of politicians, social media giants and powerful international
is the correct response of a Christian, a Catholic, a priest
and a bishop to the so-called “gay pride” phenomenon?
the first place, one must proclaim with charity the Divine
truth about the creation of the human person, proclaim the
truth of the objective psychological and sexual disorder of
homosexual tendencies, and then talk about the truth concerning
needed and discreet help for people with homosexual tendencies,
so that they receive care and liberation from their psychological
one must also proclaim the Divine truth about the gravely
sinful character of homosexual acts and of the homosexual
lifestyle, since they are offensive to God’s will. One
must proclaim with truly fraternal concern the Divine truth
about the danger of the eternal loss of the souls of practicing
and unrepentant homosexuals.
addition, by showing civil courage and using all peaceful
and democratic means available, one
must protest against contempt for Christian convictions and
against the public display of degrading obscenities.
One must protest against the imposition on the populations
of entire cities and towns of marches characterized
by political-ideological militancy.
most important thing, however, lies in the spiritual means.
The most powerful and precious response is expressed in public
and private acts of reparation to the Divine holiness and
majesty, so gravely and publicly offended by so-called “gay
from acts of reparation is fervent prayer for the conversion
and eternal salvation of the souls of the promoters and activists
of homosexual ideology, and especially of the souls of the
pitiable people who practice homosexuality.
the following words of the Supreme Pontiffs strengthen the
correct Catholic response to the so-called “gay pride”
John Paul II protested against the “gay pride”
parade in Rome, in 2000, saying:
feel obliged, now, to mention the well-known [gay pride]
demonstrations held in Rome in the past few days. In the
name of the Church of Rome I can only express my deep sadness
at … the offense to the Christian values of a city
that is so dear to the hearts of Catholics throughout the
world. The Church cannot be silent about the truth, because
she would fail in her fidelity to God the Creator and would
not help to distinguish good from evil. (Angelus address,
July 9, 2000)
The reigning Pontiff, Pope Francis, has on various occasions
warned of the danger of gender ideology, when for example,
You, Irina, mentioned a great enemy to marriage today: the
theory of gender. Today there
is a world war to destroy marriage. Today there are ideological
colonizations which destroy, not with weapons, but with
ideas. Therefore, there is a need to defend
ourselves from ideological colonizations. (Meeting with
priests, religious, seminarians and pastoral workers, Tbilisi,
October 1, 2016)
On another occasion, he said:
We are experiencing a moment of the annihilation of man
as the image of God. I would like to conclude with this
aspect, since behind all this there are ideologies. In
Europe, America, Latin America, Africa, and in some countries
of Asia, there are genuine forms of ideological colonization
taking place. And one of these – I will call it clearly
by its name – is [the ideology of] ‘gender’.
Today children – children! – are taught in school
that everyone can choose his or her sex.
Why are they teaching this? Because the books are provided
by the persons and institutions that give you money. These
forms of ideological colonization are also supported by
influential countries. And this is terrible! In a conversation
with Pope Benedict, who is in good health and very perceptive,
he said to me: ‘Holiness, this
is the age of sin against God the Creator’.
He is very perceptive. God created man and woman; God created
the world in a certain way… and we are doing the exact
opposite. God gave us things in a ‘raw’ state,
so that we could shape a culture; and then with this culture,
we are shaping things that bring us back to the ‘raw’
state! Pope Benedict’s observation should make us
think. ‘This is the age of sin against God the Creator’.
(Meeting with the Polish Bishops on the occasion of the
XXXI World Youth Day, Krakow, July 27, 2016)
The true friends of people who promote and perform degrading
actions during so-called “gay pride” parades are
Christians who say:
I will not burn even one grain of incense before the idol
of homosexuality and gender theory, even if God forbid!
my parish priest or my bishop should do so.
will make private and public acts of reparation and offer
intercessory prayers for the eternal salvation of the souls
of all those who promote and practice homosexuality.
will not be afraid of the new ideological-political totalitarianism
of gender theory, for Christ is with me. And since Christ
has conquered all the totalitarian systems of the past,
He will also conquer the totalitarianism of gender ideology
in our own day.
Christusvincit, Christusregnat, Christusimperat!
July 28, 2018
Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese
of Mary Most Holy in Astana
from the Italian by Diane Montagna
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