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DOMA, the Supreme Court, and Moral Relativism

As you have more than likely heard the Supreme Court of the United States has sadly ruled that DOMA (Defense Of Marriage Act) is unconstitutional.

So Much Fail

Of course, many Catholics are heart-broken, and even non-Catholics alike are upset with this ruling as well.

The sad thing is, this shouldn’t be a surprise to us. The gay marriage agenda has been working very hard to make their sin appear normal. Unfortunately, it isn’t normal, and sin isn’t normal.

The Church asks those who struggle with same-sex attraction to remain celibate. That is, to not engage in sexual activity. The thing is, the Church asks all its members to not engage in sexual activity that is outside of there vocation, that is, a single man or woman can not have sex either. A married man or woman can not have sex outside their marriage. This is worth noting because many automatically assume that when the Church asks those who struggle with same-sex attraction to not engage in that behavior, that heterosexuals are exempt and can run around and do whatever. This is not the case and those that do engage in immoral behavior put themselves in dangers of Hell just as equally. Sin is sin.

Over the last 4 decades, the Church leaders, especially in America have failed all Catholics. As I mentioned yesterday, many Church leaders in America, have preached a gospel of moral relativism instead of a Gospel of Truth. If our shepherds would have more of a background and actually call sin sin and not try to be buddy buddy with every single one of their sheep, this ruling probably would have gone the other way.

Cardinal Dolan is correct when he Tweeted that the Court got it wrong. He is absolutely correct. Like I said yesterday, chalk it up when our leaders are right. However, he hasn’t come out nearly as strong as he could have over the last few years in trying to sway the Church and its flock as to why homosexual activity is sinful. I’m not saying that he is responsible for the decision yesterday, as he is only the Cardinal Archbishop of New York, and only serves as the head of the USCCB for 3 years, as this has been a trend for the last 4 decades. Let’s pray that Cardinal Dolan may be invigorated in this decision to pump it up a bit.

Looking at the make-up of the Supreme Court, we have 9 members, of those 9, 7 are Catholic (or at least are called Catholic). The Court passed 5-4 in favor of homosexual activity. As it turns out, Justices Sotomayor (“catholic”), Kagan (“catholic”) and Kennedy (“catholic”) all voted in favor. They all grew up in the time when Catholicism was being watered down and their votes the other day show it.

When you preach moral relativism for several decades, you can’t be surprised when the Supreme Court, the President of the United States, members of the House and Senate and millions of American’s are in favor of unnatural law. The antidote to this, is a dose of Jesus Christ. Until we as a nation submit ourselves to Jesus, we will not succeed in anything that we do.

Jesus, I Trust in You!

To all of you priests, deacons, bishops and cardinals, for the love of God and His Holy Catholic Church, for the sake of all souls, start preaching the Gospel of Christ! Its time to start stirring the pot! Homilies are supposed to be challenging! If they leave for a Protestant denomination that preaches what they want to hear, then they weren’t Catholic to begin with and they have created a god in their own image. You will have to answer to Christ when you die for why you let His teachings get watered down. Don’t let moral relativism be your answer.

God Is Love But Not That Kind of Love

As usual, I’m late to the party on this. Seeing as its Holy Thursday and this news has been going on since Monday. But, in case you didn’t know this and like me live under a rock (hey, its nice and cozy and I don’t have to worry about nearly as much), California’s Proposition 8, which was passed by the citizens of California making homosexual “marriage” illegal, is now up in front of the Supreme Court.

So, as usual in just about anything political that rallies behind the liberal cause, everyone went to Facebook and changed there profile picture to a red equals sign. Because, you know, changing your Facebook profile picture to something actually does something (makes sense right?). Remember the days when people actually made signs and went to their local government center to protest? Oh, that’s too hard, let’s just change our Facebook picture, because that’s pretty much the same thing!

But, in all seriousness, what I’m finding is a new trend. Many people are supporting “marriage equality”. This surprises me to a great deal, considering we have people trying to use morality, religion, and in some cases God. You know the old mantra “God is Love”? That means its okay for two people to do whatever they want with each other in the name of “love”. This gives a whole new meaning to the song “Stop! In the name of love!”

Let me address the true meaning to how God is love, in the reality and truth of this message.

How is it, that so many Catholics and Christians can be for this? The answer is simple enough. They don’t know Christ, they don’t care to know Christ and they don’t want to know Christ. Why this simple answer? The second you even mention that homosexual behavior (not being homosexual) is sinful, the knee jerk reaction is “Judge not, lest ye be judged!…” This quote from Luke 6:37 when Jesus tells us not to judge is used incorrectly, all the time. Its used as basically a “shut up” card. Unfortunately, they then will tell you that we should let them go about and live there lives, all along ignoring Jesus when he told the woman caught in adultery to “go and sin no more”.

Another common misconception you hear is “well…Jesus never spoke about marriage specifically, so really we can do whatever we want!”. Wrong. Jesus is very clear in Matthew 19:4-6 “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” (Just a side note, this is also why divorce is not allowed).

On top of this, no one reads the Gospels that speak directly of what Jesus has told us to do (if we are to follow Him, we are to obey Him and do as He says) and uses it to challenge them to grow. When they get to a reading that is too hard or difficult, like those during the Bread of Life discourse in John 6, they walk away saying “this teaching is too difficult, how are we to follow?” So, they create their own interpretation (like Protestants do all the time) and create a God in their own image. Because, you know, heresy is cool!

God is indeed truly love. But love also is having to say ‘no’ from time to time. If a family member is struggling with drugs or alcohol, would it be loving to say to them “oh, I know this is hurting you, but I am going to let you go ahead because it makes you happy and I don’t want to appear to be a bigot, cause you know, God is love!” or is it more loving to say “look, you are causing harm to yourself, you need help”. Obviously the latter. (Did I mention I can read minds and some of you are going “but that’s not the same!”)

It is a good analogy. In both cases, the person is born with a condition. One person is born with homosexual tendencies, the other with a tendency to abuse drugs or alcohol. Just to be fair let’s throw in someone who has a tendency to sleep with women left and right. In each scenario, the respective person has been born with a tendency to do something that is not within human nature. The loving thing with each respective individual, is to point out that what they are doing is wrong and they need help to correct this behavior (yes, even the adulterous male). The success for each individual, would be to not engage in their respective unhealthy behavior. For the adulterous man, to stop sleeping with random women and to either A) marry a woman who he can spend the rest of his life with and commit himself to her or B) live single and not engage in adultery. For the druggie/alcoholic, to stop using these. For the man or woman struggling with homosexual tendencies to A) not engage in these acts and live out life single or B) train themselves to think differently.

Now, what happens if the three people mentioned above fail? Does this mean they are useless and horrible people doomed to Hell? Of course not. As Catholics we believe that the Sacrament of Reconciliation should be used often and confession will get you back on track. This is the most loving realization about Catholicism of all. God loves us so much, that He knows that we will occasionally fail and so He granted us confession so that we can be back in good graces with Him.

Finally, I don’t think the Supreme Court ruling will be in favor of traditional marriage. I am predicting an over turn of DOMA, and the start of legalization of homosexual “marriage” across the country. One by one, we need to educate our friends and family members about God’s Truth, not man’s “truth”.

Jeff March 28, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink

Boycott List of Companies Who Support Homosexual “Marriage”

The tide is turning. There is an ever growing number of companies that are throwing out support for Homosexual “Marriage”. It wasn’t too long ago that many companies wouldn’t dare to do this. In fact, I distinctly remember in 2004, just before Thanksgiving, Walmart had decided that it was going to kick-start the pro-homosexual “marriage” support. What occurred was a national boycott stating that many people would NOT go to either Sam’s Club, or Walmart during Black Friday.

Walmart immediately revoked its position.

Today, we have become so saturated with television shows, news reports, and a barrage of other media related entertainment promoting homosexual behavior that we have become more desensitized to it. Now a days, we have to worry about companies that actually take a stand and say that they are not going to condone the behavior, worry about being sued for “discrimination”, lose their jobs, or face boycotts on the other side of the table.

We as Christians and Catholics need to spend more time researching what companies are supporting. Why? When you make a purchase at a store, and that store then promotes an action that is not good, you are indirectly supporting that as well. You can’t use the excuse that you are not, because if a company ends up donating 5% of its profits to support homosexuality, when you make a purchase, you are paying for some of their profits. Say, they make $1.00 profit off of each item you pay for. You are paying 5 cents off of each item to support their “cause”.

We should spend more time looking for alternatives, i.e. companies that support traditional family values. Thus, I think its time that we start a list of companies who are supporting homosexual marriage. I will start lists as well for abortion and other hot button issues that go against morality and the common good. I will also create a list of companies who have taken a stand FOR morality and the common good. That list is for companies who donate to organizations that support the common good.

When a person or company is in support of something heretical, we need to stand up tall, and denounce the evil, not the person and correct them on why they are wrong.

I ask for you, the reader’s help. I can’t be everywhere at once, and since this will be an ongoing list, it’d be nice if you can comment on when you hear of companies supporting this or no longer supporting or what not.

So, without further ado. The boycott list:

Companies Who Support Homosexual “Marriage”:

  • Adobe
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CBS
  • eBay
  • Facebook
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • Intel
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Levi Strauss
  • McGraw-Hill
  • Microsoft
  • Nike
  • Starbucks
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Twitter
  • Viacom
  • Walt Disney Company
  • Xerox
  • Zynga
If I missed any or those above no longer support this, please comment below.

Jeff March 11, 2013 2 Comments Permalink

Jesus Doesn’t Like Gay Marriage

Oh, sweet! I love it when people pick and choose which scripture they are going to follow! So, if we are going to use Jesus’ words, lets look at ALL of them!

Matthew, 19:4-10 He (Jesus) said in reply “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female'” and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate. 

 (…Jesus then talks about divorce and that it is immoral. YES DIVORCE IS IMMORAL)

 They said to him, “Then why did Moses command that the man give the woman a bill of divorce and dismiss [her]?” He said to them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. I say to you,* whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) and marries another commits adultery.” [His] disciples said to him, “If that is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” 

 Mark, 10:6-12 But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother [and be joined to his wife] and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” In the house the disciples again questioned him about this. He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” 

I think it is quite clear here that Jesus is not changing marriage (even though he could have if He wanted to) and re-enforcing what has already been handed down.

Really, “gay marriage” makes absolutely no sense. The purpose of marriage isn’t because “two people love each other and want to spend the rest of their lives with the other”. That’s what most people think is the definition today. Certainly, that is a FACTOR that plays into determining if it would make sense to enter into the marital covenant. However, the end-all purpose of marriage is for children to be born, and for mother and father to be role-models to those children. Needless to say, a mother being a female and a father being a male (how else could it possibly be?)

Jeff November 5, 2012 Leave A Comment Permalink

The Chick Fil A Debate

I always seem to be a day late and a dollar short whenever I comment on anything that’s going on within current events on this blog.

A lot of the times I take my time writing something, for starters, because I don’t have the time to write about it when it first comes out. Other times, I’d rather wait until I get all the facts and spend some time thinking about it and praying about it before I comment, as I hate to look like a fool when I’m wrong. And other times I don’t write on something because everyone else seems to have a comment.

Without further ado, I’ll state my comments and thoughts on the latest Chick-fil-a controversy. However, I’m going to try something different this time. I’ll do my best to give a more thorough analysis of the events that have been occurring.

On July 17, in an interview with the Baptist Press, Chick-fil-a President Dan Cathy responded to the question, what his stance on homosexual “marriage” was. As a practicing Christian, he responded honestly, that he didn’t believe that homosexuals should marry.

As you have already heard, this caused a huge media firestorm surrounding Chick-fil-a being a “hate” organization and somehow wanting to eliminate all homosexuals. Not really sure how this conclusion came about as there was nothing said that would imply this, but this is how knee-jerk reactions occur. From this, many groups were urging boycotts of Chick-fil-a.

After hearing a lot of noise on the internet, it seemed like everybody was boycotting the restaurant. However, August 1 was Chick-fil-a day, in which those that supported the company went to eat some tasty chicken, and on top of that, support free speech as well as traditional marriage. Chick-fil-a saw record sales for the day as a whole. Interesting!

Meanwhile, there was a man who berated an employee through the drive-in and thought it was a great idea to post this video on YouTube, in which he was properly berated by the internet and properly labeled an arse. He later lost his job, and the woman who was berated went on Fox News and forgave him. How awesome is that.

Now, here we are, several weeks later, and Chick-fil-a is no longer in the news as Paul Ryan being Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential pick is now the hot item for the day (literally).

I firmly believe that everybody has a right to voice their opinions on what they believe in, for example, Starbucks, General Mills and a whole bunch of other company’s have come out in support of gay “marriage”. There aren’t lines of people who are boycotting these companies. (Although in Minnesota there was a nice boycott outside their office in which people “returned” GM products by throwing them in a dumpster (which later was given to a food shelf to help those that needed it)).

But, here’s a question that I ask the ENTIRE Christian/Catholic community.

If the small groups of people that firmly believe that everything that is contrary to natural law and Christianity has to make a lot of noise and threaten boycotts and lawsuits against companies that stand up for this, how come we aren’t doing the same when it comes to companies that support gay “marriage” and the like?

We should be boycotting Starbucks, General Mills and other companies that go out in support of gay “marriage”. From what I understand, those that support Traditional Marriage outweigh those that don’t. When you hear the liberal groups come out, it sounds like a whopping majority are in support, which in turn draws in more support as a lot of people like to be in the majority. So, if we had HUGE boycotts of these companies, how much louder would we be, the actual majority?

I think its important that we start standing up for traditional values and urge the companies that we buy from to support these values. After all, when a company profits off of your sale, and they use those profits to support their “values”, you in turn are supporting these values whether you think you are or not.

So, let’s start having our voices heard. Let’s be vocal! Preach the gospel!

Jeff August 14, 2012 2 Comments Permalink

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