Which Side Of The Homosexual Rampart Will You Be Fighting On?
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – “This is a point of reference here that, if you know someone that’s homosexual and is trying to be Christian and Catholic, it is possible. You just have to take the same vow of celibacy that a monk takes. You cannot commit mortal sin of relations outside of the marital bond. You’re not going to get a sacramental marital bond as a homosexual. It’s not going to happen.” Check out today’s transcript for the rest….
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In the week since, many Catholics have downplayed the starkness of what happened or minimized the papal role. Conservatives have implied that the synod organizers somehow went rogue, that Francis’ own views were not really on the table, that orthodox believers should not be worried. More liberal Catholics have argued that there was no real chaos — this was just the kind of freewheeling, Jesuit-style debate Francis was hoping for — and that the pope certainly suffered no meaningful defeat.
Mike: Oh yes, he did. Meaningful is an understatement. It was a landslide against the initiative when the final votes were tallied.
Neither argument is persuasive. Yes, Francis has taken no formal position on the issues currently in play. But all his moves point in a pro-change direction — and it simply defies belief that men appointed by the pope would have proposed departures on controversial issues without a sense that Francis would approve.
Mike: Folks, again, I have to reiterate, not everything he says is infallible. You are also in charge of defending what you know to be doctrinal and canonical and dogmatic.
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Folks, this is the battle. You can think that the battle is all political. It’s not. The battle line is being drawn. We can see the ramparts. Which side of the rampart are you going to be on? Which side of the rampart are you going to pick a shield up on, gentlemen? Which side of the rampart are you going to pick a lance up on, gentlemen? Which side of the rampart are you willing to defend, the one that got us here as God created us, as the heirs and descendants of all of Christendom and of all the history of his work and his magisterium since he walked the earth 2000 years ago? Are you going to be on that side, or are you going to be on the side of the diabolical hordes that wish to conquer it and wish to try to vanquish it? Which side are you going to be on?
St. Augustine wrote a great book about this called The City of God. There are two cities: the city of man and the city of God. Most people, including most Christians unfortunately, and including, even more sadly and tragically, most “Catholics” want to be citizens of the city of man. They don’t want to be citizens of the city of God. It’s hard; it’s difficult. It’s the road less traveled. It’s the road that doesn’t hold out the rewards of fancy cars and big televisions and McMansions. People are taught from birth in the Western world today to aspire to those things and curse the others. You don’t want to live a life of penance. That’s horrible. Why would anyone want to live like Mother Teresa, for Heaven’s sake? Why would anyone want to live a life of service, a life of being a good neighbor, being a good friend, being a good father and mother and having that take precedent over any earthly endeavor you can imagine? Are we the generation that holds the line or are we the generation that surrenders the line and is accursed by history? We have a choice in this matter.
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