THE SERVANT GENERAL
ASSAULTS ON FAITH, FAMILY AND LIFE
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES
October 19, 2017
Catholic (Christian) morality is simple. Marriage is between
a man and a woman intended for love and for procreation of
children. Family is about these two people of the opposite
sex and their children in a home. On the other hand, homosexuality
is about two people of the same sex having a relationship
without any possibility of conceiving a child.
The family is the authentic foundation of society and of the
Church. Deviating from God’s plan, in fact going totally
contrary to God’s plan, will destroy marriage and family.
Bishops use Pope’s teaching to push homosexuality
at 2018 World Meeting of Families
Ireland, October 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) Catholic
bishops in Ireland are using Pope Francis teachings on marriage
and family to promote homosexual couples as a new form of
“family” in the upcoming World Meeting of Families.
The World Meeting of Families is set to take place in Dublin
next August. It is described on the official website as a
major international event that “brings together families
from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon
the central importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone
of our lives, of society, and of the Church.”
The event will focus on Pope Francis’ controversial
2016 Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (Joy of Love), highlighting
the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World.”
Pope Francis is expected to attend the event.
Since Amoris Laetitia’s release in April 2016,
more than a thousand Catholic academics and clergy (cardinals,
bishops, priests) have voiced concern about the exhortation’s
seeming incompatibility with Catholic moral teaching. Catholic
philosopher Dr. Josef Seifert has demonstrated how the Pope’s
teaching could be used to overturn Catholic teaching against
contracepted sex and homosexuality.
Last month, dozens of Catholic clergy and lay scholars from
around the world issued a Filial Correction to Pope Francis
for “propagating heresy.” They asserted that Pope
Francis has supported heretical positions about marriage,
moral life, and the Eucharist that are causing a host of “heresies
and other errors” to spread throughout the Catholic
A program to prepare families for the upcoming World Meeting
of Families has already been released under the oversight
of Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.
shot from "Amoris- Let’s talk Family! Let’s
The six-part program titled
“Amoris: Let’s talk Family! Let’s be Family!”
contains explicit promotion of homosexual relationships as
a form of family, saying that such relationships provide “mutual
support” for active homosexuals.
Page 24 of the document, under the section "The Christian
Vision for the Family,” contains a picture of two lesbians
on a bridge clinging intimately to one another.
The photo shows a young woman in a sleeveless top being embraced
by another young woman who is standing behind her. Tattooed
onto one of the woman’s hands is an eye-catching “gay-pride”
The text immediately above the photo reads: "While the
Church upholds the ideal of marriage as a permanent commitment
between a man and a woman, other unions exist which provide
mutual support to the couple. Pope Francis encourages us never
to exclude but to accompany these couples also, with love,
care and support.”
Getty Images has the full photo of the two women embracing.
Tags used for the photo include “lesbian,” “homosexual
couple,” and “gay rights.”
LifeSiteNews reached out to Archbishop Martin, who is overseeing
the World Meeting of Families, and asked if the homosexual
image and text was inserted into the program by mistake. No
response was given.
The promotion of homosexuality at the World Meeting of Families
by Irish bishops appears to be deliberate.
On Friday, October 13, Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick said
homosexual couples must be welcomed at the World Meeting of
Leahy, speaking to reporters after his diocese launched the
pro-homosexual preparation program, said it would be a missed
opportunity if the Church failed to embrace “family”
in all its variety.
"We've had the referendum in favour of same-sex ‘marriage’
and a lot of people voted in that referendum and all are equally
welcome to join in this celebration of family,” he said,
as reported by the Independent.
"We are living in changing times and family too is changing,"
Prior to this, in October last year, Archbishop Martin said
Catholic bishops must not “allow ourselves to be become
entangled in trying to produce definitions of the family,”
because different cultural values mean family “cannot
be defined simply.”
The Catholic Church, however, teaches that God created humans
as “male and female” and gave them to each other
in marriage so they could “increase and multiply.”
Sexual attraction, as well as the sexual act between a married
man and woman, have been specifically created by God for the
purpose of procreation. The
Catholic Church remains true to God’s original creative
plan when she declares authoritatively and for all time that
homosexual acts are “acts of grave depravity”
and “intrinsically disordered” since they are
“contrary to the natural law” in that they “close
the sexual act to the gift of life.”
“They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual
complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved,”
states the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Cardinal Carlo Caffarra,
in one of his last presentations before he died,
called homosexuality a work of Satan that “denies entirely
the truth of marriage” as it comes from
the “mind of God the Creator.” He said Satan
is attempting to use homosexuality as a battering ram to destroy
one of the main “pillars of creation,” namely
The Church is also being consistent when she teaches that
sexual attraction to someone of the same sex is “objectively
disordered” since God created sexual attraction to exist
between a male and female for the sake of procreation.
The Church teaches that everyone who struggles with disordered
tendencies, including tendencies to lust, masturbation, fornication,
adultery, pornography, and homosexuality, must be “accepted
with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.”
Following Saint Augustine, the Church holds that Christians
must always “love” the sinner but “hate”
Anthony Murphy, founder and editor of Catholic Voice
newspaper and the founder of Lumen Fidei Institute, said homosexuality
is “anti-family” and has no place at a Catholic
meeting of families.
“Are homosexual acts sinful or not? Our Catholic faith
teaches us that they are. They are among the most anti-family
acts of all. So what on earth are our Catholic leaders doing
promoting homosexuality in the program that is supposed to
help families prepare for the World Meeting of Families?”
he told LifeSiteNews.
Murphy said that while the program gives a nod to homosexual
behavior, it entirely fails to address Catholic moral teaching
on chastity, contraception, and abortion.
“Leaving out any mention of abortion is a glaring omission
at any time, but particularly in the Irish context, when we
are about to have a referendum on whether or not our unborn
can be legally killed,” he said.
Murphy said the organizers of the event are failing families.
“To give implicit approval to homosexuality, which the
Church has always taught to be one of the four sins that cry
to heaven for vengeance, while failing to decry abortion,
is nothing short of a dereliction of duty,” he said.
Cardinal Caffarra told participants at a family conference
in Rome last May that approval
of homosexuality coming from all quarters shows that the “final
battle”’ between God and Satan has come.
Caffarra, one of the dubia signers, outlined how Fatima visionary
Sister Lucia once wrote to him after he had asked her for
prayers as he founded the John Paul II Institute for marriage
and family. She told him that the
final battle between God and Satan will be over marriage and
"What Sister Lucia said in those days is being fulfilled
in these days of ours," said Caffarra at that time.
The last World Meeting of Families took place in 2015 in Philadelphia
and was attended by Pope Francis. Philadelphia’s mayor
used a platform given to him at the event in front of tens
of thousands of Catholic pilgrims to promote the “rights”
Readers who wish to respectfully make their concerns known
to the organizers of the 2018 World Meeting of Families can
do so by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively
contact the Archbishop of Dublin:
Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop’s House, Drumcondra,
Tel: 01837 3732
Secretary to the Archbishop Mr. Joseph Merrick