THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE CULTURE OF LIFE
SAME-SEX MARRIAGE - 3
Catholics, stand up and speak out. Resist the totalitarian
bullies, who ask for tolerance but are the most intolerant.
Stop being politically correct. This is one reason why it
has come to this, because good Catholics including priests
and prelates have not spoken out.
Make no mistake about it. We are in a war. The homosexualist
forces are out to destroy faith, family and life. We must
rise up in defense of these.
Archbishop Anthony Fisher
up to gay ‘marriage’bullies, says Australian archbishop
SYDNEY, Australia, July 15, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Archbishop
Anthony Fisher of Sydney denounced efforts
to “bully” Australians into accepting same-sex
“marriage”, as efforts to legalize
it there ramp up in the wake of similar capitulations in the
United States and Ireland.
Speaking to a packed congregation at a July 12 annual Marriage
Mass, the archbishop said “powerful
forces” are “determined to silence any opposition”
and “bully us all into accepting the deconstruction
and redefinition of a fundamental institution.”
Marriage is a “comprehensive bodily, psychological and
spiritual union between a man and a woman whereby they become
‘one flesh’ and so found a family,” Fisher
told his listeners, who included some 30 couples celebrating
50 and more years of marriage.
And it brings together “man and woman, sex and love,
love and babies, parents and children.”
“To say this is not to criticize anyone,” he stated,
adding that “we know and love others with same-sex attraction,
who understandably want their friendships to last and be honoured,”
as well as people whose marriages have failed, or who cannot
Marriage, Fisher stated, also bears witness to “our
God-given mission to love not just with a self-serving, romantic,
heart-shaped Valentine’s Day sort of love, but with
a self-giving, redemptive, cross-shaped Easter Day sort of
The prelate may have been taking a swipe with these words
at the current Australian Marriage Equality
campaign to legalize same-sex “marriage”, which
shows supporters holding their hands in a heart shape –
which is also AME’s logo.
strong stance underscores the battle over same-sex “marriage”
now roiling Australia, with AME claiming support of 442 organizations,
65 MPs and 37 senators and media accounts claiming public
support of 70 percent.
The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference May 28 pastoral
letter “Don’t Mess With Marriage” was protested
by some parents and in some Catholic schools, with a few Sydney
students lighting the letter on fire, reports Catholic News
There also appears to be political brinksmanship around the
issue, with Labor Party opposition leader Bill Shorten introducing
a bill to legalize same-sex “marriage” on June
1, and Buzzfeed reporting June 30 that two Liberal backbenchers
plan to co-sponsor a cross-party private member’s bill
August 11 – evidently news to Shorten.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to face increasing
pressure when MPs return to the House August 10 to allow a
vote on legalizing same-sex “marriage.”
A Catholic opposed to homosexual “marriage,” Abbott
must contend with lobbying both by the libertarian faction
in his party and by his own sister, who is engaged to a woman,
according to Reuters.
As Archbishop Fisher noted in his homily, “voices in
our culture…write off as benighted and bigoted those
who stand by marriage as traditionally understood.”
“Real marriage illuminates our understanding of the
Christ-to-Church relationship,” Fisher said. “In
turn, it strengthens our resolve to support marriages, so
they really can be faithful, fruitful, final unions of people
of opposite sex, while also supporting and loving people in
other situations too.”
Archbishop Fisher’s homily can be read here.