April 18, 2014

Bp. Nicholas DiMarzio: Catholic Church Must Influence Marriage Debate

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So far the only Orthodox bishops offering more than pro-forma defenses of the moral tradition are Met. Job and Bp. Michael of the OCA. Below is an example of how moral authority is rightly exercised. Roman Catholic Bp. Nicholas DiMarzio offers a very reasoned and accessible analysis and defense of the major points in the same-sex marriage debate. Some highlights: We who oppose same-sex marriage are not callous to the very real longings for friendship, affection and belonging that proponents of this legislation espouse. We have, in part, failed as the proponents of the historical understanding of marriage as that between a man and a woman precisely because we have sought to be sensitive to those who have same-sex attractions. Perhaps we must now speak more forcefully and clearly. I believe the passage of same-sex marriage is another “nail in the coffin” of marriage. It is destructive because it shows a failure to view marriage in the context of a vocation: a calling to participate … [Read more...]

George Weigel. No Homophobia: A Reminder About the Totalitarian Temptation

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Highlight: "Americans will say, "It can't happen here." But it can, and it may. Before the ink was dry on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature on New York's new marriage law, the New York Times published an editorial decrying the "religious exemptions" that had been written into the marriage law at the last moment. Those exemptions do, in fact, undercut the logic of the entire redefinition of marriage in the New York law—can you imagine any other "exemption for bigotry" being granted, in any other case of what the law declares to be a fundamental right?" Source: Ethics and Public Policy Center National Review Online The Washington Post's culture critic, Philip Kennicott, recently took to the pages of his paper to note the "cognitive dissonance" between ingrained "habits of homophobia" in American culture, on the one hand, and a recognition that "overt bigotry is no longer acceptable in the public square," on the other. As an example of those who resolve this dissonance by … [Read more...]

Sergey Khudiev: Let Your Yea Be Yea and Your Nay Be Nay

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Source: Pavmir Translated from Russian by Fr. Andrew Phillips. The article by Archpriest Robert Arida ‘Response To Myself is of interest, but not so much because it shows a certain approach, which is above all characteristic of contemporary liberal Protestantism. Convinced atheists, Muslims and Christians of various confessions have something in common – they all try to set out their views clearly and without ambiguity, so that any reader can clearly grasp what the writer believes and does not believe, what you agree with him about and what you do not agree with him about and what the arguments he puts forward are. Liberal theologians are not like this. They have a particularity which entails a tendency to explain themselves with rhetorical questions, vague allusions and highly mysterious phrases from which you can with more or less justification guess at their positions, but are unable to explain clearly. This is very noticeable among liberal Protestants, very … [Read more...]

How to Destroy a Culture in 5 Easy Steps

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Source: First Things On the Square | Joe Carter In his book The Future of Marriage, David Blankenhorn, a liberal, gay-rights-supporting Democrat and self-professed “marriage nut,” offers this sociological principle: “People who professionally dislike marriage almost always favor gay marriage.” As a corollary, Blankenhorn adds: “Ideas that have long been used to attack marriage are now commonly used to support same-sex marriage.” Blankenhorn provides almost irrefutable proof that this is the expressed agenda of many—if not most—professional advocates of same-sex marriage. Other scholars have noticed the same and have attempted to present the public with the facts about the less-than-hidden agenda to use homosexual rights to deinstitutionalize marriage and to separate sexual exclusivity from the concept of “monogamy.” Since the agenda is an open secret, how has this anti-marriage program been able to advance to the level of public policy? And how did it happen so … [Read more...]

Facebook Group Urging Changes in Orthodox Moral Tradition is Biased

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OCA Truth just published a letter from Subdeacon Michael Heningham, a pastoral counselor who deals with the homosexual affliction, that challenges the claim that the Facebook group Listening: Breaking the Silence on Sexuality within the Orthodox Church is unbiased. The title is of the group is a misnomer. There is no "silence" on sexuality in the Orthodox Church and thus nothing to "break." The real problem is hiding in plain sight: the group moderators want to grant moral sanction to homosexual behavior and the Orthodox moral tradition forbids it. The only silence is the lack of approval for the changes that the contributors want to make. That's not a problem. That's called fidelity to the moral tradition. Heningham argues that the moderators of the group drive discussion towards approval of the homosexual lifestyle. When someone writes in support of the moral tradition, the "reactions are often petty, personally insulting, and highly emotional" -- the usual opprobrium … [Read more...]