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A reflection on the deepening darkness that celebrates homosexual unions and activity
Archdiocese of Washington ^ | March 27, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope

Posted on 03/28/2013 1:28:58 PM PDT by NYer

Reaping the Whirlwind: A reflection on the deepening darkness that celebrates homosexual unions and activity

There is, among faithful Catholics, a dismay, and even an understandable anger at the events unfolding at the Supreme Court these past days related to to gay unions. And even if the court were to uphold traditional marriage (which does not seem likely), or merely return the matter to the States, it seems quite clear where our culture is going regarding this matter, approving things once, not so long ago, considered unthinkable.

What then to do with our dismay and anger? It is too easy to vent anger, which is not only unproductive, but in the current state of “hyper-tolerance” for all things gay, angry denunciations are counter-productive.

Rather our anger should be directed to a wholehearted embrace and living out of the biblical vision of human sexuality and marriage. Our anger should be like an energy that fuels our zeal to live purity, and speak of its glory to a confused and out-of-control culture.

The fact is, traditional marriage has been in a disgraceful state for over 50 years, and heterosexual misbehavior has been off the hook in the same period. And, if we are honest, heterosexual misbehavior and confusion has been largely responsible for bringing forth the even deeper confusion and disorder of homosexual activity, and particularly the widespread approval of it.

We have sown the wind, and now reap the whirlwind (Hosea 8:7).

Our anger, dismay and sorrow are better directed inward toward our own conversion to greater purity as a individuals, families and parishes, than outward toward people who will only interpret it as “hate” and bigotry” anyway.

A few thoughts to frame our own reflections in how we have gotten to this place of darkness in our culture.

1. The fundamental flaw in modern thinking about human sexuality, the “Ur” (root) problem, is the (sinful) declaration that there is “no necessary connection” between human sexual activity and procreation. Here is the real taproot of modern confusion about human sexuality and all the disorders that flow from it. Such notions began as early as 1930 in the Lambeth Conference where the Church of England was the first Christian Denomination to serious brook this sinful notion. The thinking gained steam through the 1950s, via Margaret Sanger et al. and came to full (and ugly) flower in 1960s with the pill and the sexual revolution.

2. Any 8th grade biology student ought to be able to see the flaw in the “no necessary connection” argument. For if sex has no necessary connection to procreation but can be only for fun or pleasure, then what are the sperm and ova doing there? Did not nature and nature’s God intend some connection. Alas, what even an 8th grader can see, was set aside and/or became unintelligible to a generation obsessed with its passions. Claiming to be wise they became fools and their senseless minds were darkened (Rom 1:22-23)

3. Once the necessary connection between sex and procreation was set aside, contraceptives moved from being something related to prostitution to being a downright “noble” thing to use and promote. Sex became a frivolous plaything and promiscuity became widespread, since the most obvious consequences of sinful, frivolous and out of control behavior, now seemed to be to largely preventable. Promiscuity exploded on the scene and was celebrated in popular culture, in the music, on T.V. and so forth. Enter the further explosion of sexually transmitted diseases, teenage pregnancy, single motherhood and exploding divorce rates. Because guess what? Contraceptives were not full-proof (or should we say “foolproof”). Its not nice to fool Mother Nature and our “no-necessary connection” insistence cannot thus ushers in all these disorders.

4. But never mind all that, we didn’t learn we just doubled-down. Next we put marriage in the shredder by further declaring that there is no necessary connection between marriage and procreation. More pills and condoms please. Divorces continued to skyrocket, as birthrates plummeted.

5. In a parallel trend single parent families entered the scene in a big way. For if it is true that marriage does not have any necessary connection to children, then apparently having children has no necessary connection to marriage. As single parent families rise, so do juvenile delinquency rates, and teen suicides. SAT scores and graduation rates, however, went down.

6. But never mind all that. What was needed is more condoms! Never mind that contraceptives and the underlying “no necessary connection” distortion ushered all this pain and distortion in. No! what we need is some more hair of the dog that bit us. More contraceptives! The government should promote and provide them free. In fact, start giving them to children and teens. After all, with decades of sexual misbehavior, who is really able to control themselves? And any one who suggests we ought to try is called puritanical, judgmental, unrealistic and a likely Christian. Let’s add free abortion to the mix and pass laws that permit parents to be kept in the dark when their daughters are taken to abortionists.

OK, you get the point, we heterosexuals have been involved in a down spiraling series of distortions and sexual misbehavior for over fifty years now. And this misbehavior is widespread and even celebrated in our culture.

Add to this terrible picture, the scandalous silence of pulpits, the shrugging over flagrant fornication, cohabitation and high divorce rates by Church leaders, parents, and other community leaders.

Yes, we have sown the wind. And now comes the whirlwind. Enter the “gay” community who have in effect called our bluff and illustrate the absurdity of our “no-necessary connection” philosophy. For, if sex has “no necessary connection” to procreation, and can just be about what pleasures you, or is just your way to show “care” for another, if this is the case, what’s wrong with homosexual behavior? And if marriage is just about two adults being happy and there is “no necessary connection” to procreation, why can’t homosexuals “marry”?

Welcome to the whirlwind. Yes, we heterosexuals have misbehaved for over fifty years now, and, in process dispensed widespread confusion about sex and distorted its purpose. We have loved the darkness, and now the darkness deepens with the obvious absurdity of homosexual “marriage” a misnomer before it is even uttered. But so is contraceptive marriage.

Is Homosexual activity disordered? You better believe it. But so is contraceptive heterosexual activity since it is no longer ordered per se to procreation. In fact, it is rightly argued that contraceptive sex is really just mutual masturbation, it is not true or ordered human sexual activity at all. It is disordered, for it is not ordered to its proper end.

The grave disorder of homosexual acts and the equally grave celebration on them in our culture is a very deep darkness. Scripture calls homosexual activity παρὰ φύσιν “para physin” (contrary to nature – cf Rom 1:26). Any cursory examination of the structure and design of the human body (which is revelation) makes it clear that the man is not for the man, the man is for the woman. The woman is for the man, not another woman. Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? (Mk 8:18)

In Romans 1:17ff St. Paul and the Holy Spirit describe a culture that has gone very dark. For the men of St. Paul’s day “suppressed the truth by their wickedness” (v. 18). And this suppression of the truth led to an ever deepening darkness wherein their thinking became futile and their senseless minds were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools (vv 21-22). And darkness led to depravity wherein: God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lieBecause of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in their bodies the due penalty for their error. (v 24-27).

Some Protestant preachers have warned over the years that God would punish this nation for celebrating homosexual activity. But St. Paul’s point is even more poignant: The widespread acceptance of homosexual activity IS God’s punishment. It is a punishment that does not single out homosexuals, it is a punishment on us all. We are collectively very confused, and the darkness grows ever deeper. We have sown the wind, we are now reaping the whirlwind.

The faithful Catholic is right to be dismayed and angry. But allow this anger to fuel commitment to living and speaking the truth. Do not direct it merely to wrath or scapegoating. Let this anger fuel your commitment to speak the truth about human sexuality to your children and grandchildren, to be silent no more, embarrassed no more. Speak plainly and boldly, clearly and with charity. But let your anger fuel commitment to the truth, by what you say and how you live. Be angry, but do not sin (Eph 4:26).

Most of us have contributed to the darkness of these times and need to repent. Perhaps we have bought into the lie of contraception and spread it. Perhaps some have been promiscuous. Other too may have been pure, but were too silent to the impurity around them. And having sown the wind, we reap now the whirlwind. It’s time to repent. It’s time to be angry but sin not.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: glbt; homolinks; homosexual; homosexualagenda; marriage; msgrcharlespope; ssm

1 posted on 03/28/2013 1:28:58 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...
St. Paul’s point is even more poignant: The widespread acceptance of homosexual activity IS God’s punishment. It is a punishment that does not single out homosexuals, it is a punishment on us all.
2 posted on 03/28/2013 1:29:38 PM PDT by NYer (Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas)
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To: NYer

WHAT? Homosexuals are starting a union? I knew I didn’t like unions.


3 posted on 03/28/2013 1:32:31 PM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST MR. PRESIDENT!(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: rktman
This article is true for the faithful Catholic, and the faith filled Protestant as well.
4 posted on 03/28/2013 1:40:55 PM PDT by cotton
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To: NYer
What then to do with our dismay and anger?

I'm going to read Msgr. Pope's comments carefully. This situation, along with other societal problems and personal things nearly has me stroking out.

5 posted on 03/28/2013 1:46:04 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: cotton
This article is true for the faithful Catholic, and the faith filled Protestant as well.

Elections have consequences. The Obama administration has brought you all of this and it was foreseeable. Yet many Christians of all stripes voted for this abomination or stayed home to demonstrated their own purity of conscience.

6 posted on 03/28/2013 1:51:57 PM PDT by oldbrowser (They are marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: NYer

Is anyone else getting tired of seeing Facebook friends change their profile picture to the “equal” sign?


7 posted on 03/28/2013 2:01:25 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Huskrrrr

“Is anyone else getting tired of seeing Facebook friends change their profile picture to the “equal” sign?”

YES! Thanks goodness its not just me! I realize many would respond with “get rid of FB” etc, but I use it for work & family contacts. I’m shocked at the people whom I thought were conservative (some are “devout” Catholic friends of mine, even) who are in full support of this abomination! And if I have to look at that ridiculous red equal sign that has taken over the profile pic of so many of my friends, I’m gonna barf! Grrrr!!!

I just posted a lengthy response on a Catholic moms FB page about how those in support of this “marriage” are NOT in communion with the Church & should not be presenting themselves for Holy Communion. We’ll see what kind of hate that gets. These women all think they’re so holy & pious, and in most instances they are great Catholics, but they are drinking the pop culture kool-aid on this and I am quite frankly shocked. They’re justifying it with this phoney “separation of church & state” crap and the argument that not everyone is Catholic. I’m ready to pull my hair out.

I think I’ll just get on the treadmill for a nice run & lock myself in my own world for awhile. Lord, have Mercy on us


8 posted on 03/28/2013 2:11:27 PM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Why am I both pro-life & pro-gun? Because both positions defend the innocent and protect the weak.)
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To: NYer

I never do facebutt, so I really don’t know anything about the “=” sign. However, I do know the queers will never get what they really want down inside .... acceptance. They can get their fornication marriages, sick public displays, etc. but it will always drive them crazy that normal people are thinking that these people are sick despicable sub-humans and avoiding them like the plague. They only ones that accept them are the sick despicable Progressives.


9 posted on 03/28/2013 2:23:51 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Leveling the playing field for a Progressive is dragging everyone down to their level.)
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To: surroundedbyblue

Good suggestions, thanks!


10 posted on 03/28/2013 2:27:48 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: NYer

I’m not Catholic, but I liked this sermon - thanks for posting.


11 posted on 03/28/2013 3:42:59 PM PDT by 11th_VA (DRONES DON'T KILL, PRESIDENTS KILL ...)
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To: NYer

The Church has bent to the Leftist culture for the last century. Nobody listens to them anymore. They have squandered their authority.


12 posted on 03/28/2013 4:15:17 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?)
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13 posted on 03/28/2013 4:16:44 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?)
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14 posted on 03/28/2013 4:17:21 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?)
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To: NYer; MarineMom613; Ron C.; wolfman23601; ColdOne; navymom1; Pat4ever; RIghtwardHo; ...
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15 posted on 03/28/2013 4:17:29 PM PDT by narses
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To: oldbrowser
The Obama administration has brought you all of this and it was foreseeable.

This all started a very long time ago but escalated dramatically under Bill Clinton. Suddenly oral sex was not sex. Lying about sex was normal. Cheating on your wife was just a small personal indiscretion. I left organized religion because preachers across the country were saying it was no big deal. Everyone said it was inexcusable but he didn't do it. Then when he admitted it everyone excused it.

16 posted on 03/28/2013 4:18:24 PM PDT by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: surroundedbyblue
I just posted a lengthy response on a Catholic moms FB page about how those in support of this “marriage” are NOT in communion with the Church & should not be presenting themselves for Holy Communion.

That's really more of a suggestion than a rule.

17 posted on 03/28/2013 4:29:19 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?)
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To: surroundedbyblue

I am totally having the same experience as you. I am shocked at how many of my conservative friends and family are just fine with gay marriage. And now we know the answer to why our party is failing. Because deep down where it counts they dont have a moral compass. I have unfriended the bible bashers and some that i was most disappointed in. Then i was called sad for not wanting to have these folks on my facebook. Sorry but it is hard enough to live a christian life is this day and age. Definitly cant surround myself with evil disguised as friends and think i will thrive.


18 posted on 03/28/2013 6:13:05 PM PDT by annelizly
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To: Huskrrrr
Is anyone else getting tired of seeing Facebook friends change their profile picture to the “equal” sign?

It too shall pass. Give it a week. The exhibitionists on Fakebook will soon again show us their ugly mugs.

I'm getting tired of hearing/reading people, also here, refer to pederasty by a synonym of the word "joyful".

19 posted on 03/28/2013 6:22:11 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: NYer

bfl


20 posted on 03/28/2013 6:44:15 PM PDT by CommieCutter
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To: Jeff Chandler

According to canon law it is a rule. Unfortunately, some of today’s bishops interpret it as a suggestion.


21 posted on 03/28/2013 7:33:14 PM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Why am I both pro-life & pro-gun? Because both positions defend the innocent and protect the weak.)
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To: annelizly

I’m sorry that you’re experiencing this, too. It’s been making my heart easy so I understand your disappointment.

And you’re right, the GOP’s great undoing is its lack of moral clarity. Very well said...thank you!


22 posted on 03/28/2013 7:35:47 PM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Why am I both pro-life & pro-gun? Because both positions defend the innocent and protect the weak.)
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To: Jeff Chandler
Have you seen this Cardinal-Dolan-related FR thread and the youtube video in it?

    Cardinal-Dolan-related FR thread with youtube video.

23 posted on 03/28/2013 9:33:11 PM PDT by Heart-Rest ("God is Love" 1 John 4:8)
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To: surroundedbyblue
Unfortunately, some of today’s bishops interpret it as a suggestion.

Exactly. What evidence do we have that any of them care about it at all (outside of the occasional outlier)?

24 posted on 03/28/2013 10:32:50 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?)
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To: NYer

The Supreme Court - About to Play God Again?


25 posted on 03/28/2013 10:33:38 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: BubbaBasher

The big shift got a huge bolt under Clinton. TV programming started pushing homosexuality and Christian bashing big time. Think back to the television shows of the 50s and 60s and look at the utter filth that exists now. I honestly do not know if we can recover as a society.


26 posted on 03/29/2013 3:50:30 AM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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To: NYer
thankyou for posting this NYer! a good and sobering read.

God help us.Grace and peace to us all in Jesus name!

27 posted on 03/29/2013 4:03:45 AM PDT by mitch5501 ("make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things ye shall never fall")
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To: NoKoolAidforMe

A large part of the “Arts” community believes that part of their job is to shock or provoke. The media believe this too. This means they have to continually elevate the shock value to top previous levels. There is no end to the depravity in sight.


28 posted on 03/29/2013 8:48:55 AM PDT by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: NYer

Placemark.


29 posted on 03/29/2013 11:06:48 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: NYer
"And, if we are honest, heterosexual misbehavior and confusion has been largely responsible for bringing forth the even deeper confusion and disorder of homosexual activity, and particularly the widespread approval of it."

Sadly true, but well said.

30 posted on 03/31/2013 11:12:34 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Huskrrrr
Heh, have you seen the Manhattan Declaration's answer to that? It's an equal sign superimposed on the the image of a baby in utero, and asks, "So you want to talk about equality?"
31 posted on 03/31/2013 11:18:48 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: annelizly
I am shocked at how many of my conservative friends and family are just fine with gay marriage.

Too many, deep down, don't want to be thought ill of by their friends, their co-workers, whatever. They 'go along to get along', kinda like Repubs in Congress.

It's hard to stand against popular culture, and people don't like being constantly berated by everyone around them, so they either shut up about it, or go along with it. I've been 'unfriended' by a couple of family members, because of comments I've made regarding personhood for the unborn, but that's the way it goes. I still express my opinion, when I believe it might influence, but keep it to myself when it's clear I won't change opinions, just make folks angry to the point where they'll NEVER listen to the opposite notion. Just gotta pick your battles.

32 posted on 03/31/2013 11:25:38 AM PDT by SuziQ
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