THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE CULTURE OF LIFE
What a terrible, disturbing, dangerous, diabolical development!
But not totally unexpected, given the aggressive onslaught
of anti-life, anti-family, homosexualist forces, and the
neglect of God’s people for standing up for the authentic
faith and traditional values.
Now the assault will intensify throughout the world. The reproductive
rights and gender ideologues have scored a major victory in
the most powerful country in the world, and will aggressively
spread their errors to the ends of the earth. Christians (authentic
ones, that is) can expect to be persecuted for their beliefs.
It is crunch time.
What are we to do? First and most important is to do rapid
and massive evangelization. There has to be conversion, especially
of God’s people who are fallen away. The gospel needs
to be proclaimed anew.
Second, we must continue to strengthen our families and our
Christian communities. God has to be at the center. Our children
and our youth need to be taught to live pure. Families and
communities need to know the word of God much more, making
the Bible the basis for their lives.
Third, we need to preach the gospel of life. People need to
be told what is authentically true about Christian human sexuality
and morality. We need to more strongly speak against what
is wrong, though this will now, even more, subject us to court
suits, crippling fines and imprisonment. Things will get worse
before they get better. As such, these will be paths for us
to embrace the cross and grow in holiness.
On top of all these, we need to be an intensely Eucharistic
people and look to our Mother Mary as intercessor. God have
mercy on us and on the whole world. And onward, Christian
US Supreme Court rules all states must recognize
Catholic World News - June 26, 2015
a sweeping historic decision released on June 26, the US Supreme
Court has ruled that the Fourteenth amendment to the US Constitution
requires all states to grant legal recognition to same-sex
By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court justices settled the case
of Obergefell v. Hodges by issuing a new legal definition
of marriage, and overturning the laws of all the states that
currently do not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy argued that
the Constitution “does not permit the state to bar same-sex
couples from marriage on the same terms as accorded to couples
of the opposite sex.”
Claiming that the institution of marriage has “evolved
over time,” Justice Kennedy wrote that the essence of
the marital bond is a sharing of intimacy, which does not
require partners of opposite sexes. He argued that the plaintiffs
in the Obergefell case were not undermining the institution
of marriage, but showing their respect for that institution
by seeking to participate in it. The majority opinion reasoned
that the ability to marry would help to stabilize same-sex
unions, and benefit the children raised by homosexual partners.
Justice Kennedy explicitly rejected the notion that marriage
is intrinsically oriented to procreation, writing: “An
ability, desire, or promise to procreate is not and has not
been a prerequisite for a valid marriage in any state.”
The majority opinion said that religious bodies would retain
the right to argue that “same-sex marriage should not
be condoned.” The First Amendment, Justice Kennedy wrote,
“ensures that religious organizations and persons are
given proper protection” for such expressions of belief.
In a strong dissent, Chief Justice John Roberts said that
the majority decision was “deeply disheartening.”
Saying that the question of marriage should properly be left
to state legislators, and ultimately to the people, he wrote:
“Under Constitution, judges have power to say what the
law is, not what it should be.”
The Chief Justice questioned whether the Obergefell
decision would leave religious bodies free to argue against
same-sex marriage. He observed that the majority opinion acknowledged
the right of churches to “advocate” against homosexuality.
He continued: “The First Amendment guarantees, however,
the freedom to “exercise” religion. Ominously,
that is not a word the majority uses.”
In a separate, blistering dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia
referred to the majority decision as a “judicial Putsch”
and “this Court’s threat to American democracy.”
Justice Scalia said that by redefining marriage, the Supreme
Court “robs the People of the most important liberty
they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in
the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.”
Openly mocking the argument of the majority opinion, Justice
Scalia said that there was no warrant in the Constitution
for the Court’s finding. He wrote: “When the Fourteenth
Amendment was ratified in 1868, every State limited marriage
to one man and one woman, and no one doubted the constitutionality
of doing so.”
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Obergefell v. Hodges (Supreme Court decision, pdf)