THE SERVANT GENERAL
RECOGNITION OF SAME-SEX UNIONS - 8
May 20, 2015
Vote “yes” for same-sex marriage in good conscience?
We do need to follow our conscience, but our conscience must
be formed, and such formation must be according to the Magisterium
of our Church. Just following one’s conscience is not
sufficient, since many consciences today are badly formed,
given the incessant overturning of truly Catholic values by
anti-life, anti-family homosexualist forces aided by liberal
media. Just following consciences formed by clerics or even
bishops is not sufficient, since many prelates and priests
are now themselves liberal and even modernist, and teach the
flock what is no longer authentically Christian. Thus consciences
must be formed according to the Magisterium of the
Church, to the authentic teaching of Jesus and the Bible.
People do indeed need to make a mature decision in front of
God. But how can it be acceptable that the decision be either
yes or no? How can sodomy be acceptable to God? Prelates do
a great disservice to say that a decision in favor of same-sex
marriage, if done in conscience before God, is acceptable.
Our bishops need to speak clearly, directly, truthfully, without
equivocation. Sin is sin.
Irish bishop: Catholics can back gay ‘marriage’
in good conscience
DERRY, Northern Ireland, May 20, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) --
Despite opposition by the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference
to the proposal to change the meaning of marriage in the Constitution
of Ireland in the May 22 same-sex "marriage" referendum,
an Irish bishop told a radio talk show host that he would
"hate" to see people vote against the change "for
bigoted, nasty, bullying reasons."
Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown was speaking for the "no"
position on the referendum, as supported by the bishops of
Ireland, in a debate on the Shaun Doherty Show.
he maintained that legalizing same-sex "marriage"
would be a "dangerous experiment," especially the
ramifications in the lives of children and future generations,
he equivocated that people
could vote yes or no in the referendum "in good conscience,"
if they were as informed as possible before voting and were
making a "mature decision."
"People have to make their
own mature decision, be it yes or be it no. I would hate for
people to be voting no for bad reasons, for bigoted reasons,
for nasty reasons, for bullying reasons. People have to make
up their own minds and I’m quite happy that people can
do that in front of God, be it yes or be it no,"
Bishop McKeown said.
“I don’t doubt that there are many people who
are practicing churchgoers of whatever church background who
will in conscience vote Yes, and that’s entirely up
them. I’m not going to say they’re wrong,”
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Ireland is making a concerted
effort to educate voters on the real repercussions of changing
the meaning of marriage.
Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland,
warned that redefining marriage would result in the destruction
of religious freedom.
"If society adopts and imposes a ‘new orthodoxy’
of ‘gender-neutral’ marriage, being defined simply
as a union between any two persons – including a man
and a man, or a woman and woman – then it will become
increasingly difficult to speak or teach in public about marriage
as being between a man and a woman," Archbishop Martin
said in a statement on the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference
there be lawsuits against individuals and groups who do not
share this vision? What will we be expected to teach children
in school about marriage or about homosexual acts? Will those
who continue to sincerely believe that marriage is between
a man and a woman be forced to act against their faith and
conscience?" the archbishop speculated.
"Marriage is about much more than a loving relationship
between consenting adults. Marriage has another essential
element – the openness to children who are born of the
love and sexual relationship of their mother and father,”
the archbishop continued. “This is why, as Article 41:3:1
of the Constitution puts it: The State pledges itself to guard
with special care the institution of Marriage, on which the
Family is founded, and to protect it against attack."
The Archbishop of Tuam, Michael Neary, said that voting
to redefine marriage would also redefine the meaning of family,
to the detriment of the rights of children.
“We should be aware of what is at stake here,"
the archbishop said at weekend Masses. "We are in fact
redefining the family.”
“Throughout history and across all cultures, marriage
has been consistently understood to be the union of male and
female with procreative potential,” the archbishop observed,
stressing that "the family is the seedbed of the future,
the best way we have yet found of fostering security and trust,"
and that "one of the most important and fundamental questions
that each of us has to consider is the rights of the child."
Archbishop Neary concluded that "a society that identifies
the two parties in marriage as spouse 1 and spouse 2 has lost
sight of a deep truth of human nature."
Most Reverend Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry
Diocesan Offices, St Eugene's Cathedral,
Francis Street, Derry, BT48 9AP
Phone: 028 7126 2302