April 18, 2007

April 18, 2007: Authentic Marriage

"God created them male and female . . . and God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good" [Genesis 1:27,31]

Jesus affirms the same. "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." [Mark 10:6-8]

As opposed to . . . .
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Anonymous JV said...

Oohh...Definitely plugging in the electric guitar tomorrow. Thank you for the heads up!!!

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Panda Rosa said...

Forgive me, but in a world full of distraction I can see the value of a Day of Silence. As protests go, how could I object? Not making a fuss isn't exactly disruptive, is it? Say what you like about homosexuals, I can't object to them, or ANY group, being quiet for a change.

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Bob Farrell said...

In theory, the day of silence is not intended to promote homosexuality. Emotional, knee-jerk reactions from "both sides" muddies the waters and adds to confusion.

If we are to take make noise on this day, are we saying that homosexuals should be bullied, ridiculed, attacked and persecuted in schools?

10:16 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

A public school tells me that this observance disrupts lessons because she can't get the "silent" students to participate in discussions, they won't answer questions she asks, etc. Her school allowed the gay students to announce the day, but doesn't allow students to speak up for traditional marriage ( 1 man with 1 woman).

10:55 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Once again, following the reports of the parishioner who teaches in a public school, the event bullies students who believe in traditional morality.

10:58 PM  
Anonymous JV said...

My week is all messed up. FRIDAY I profess to rock out for authentic marriage.

6:09 AM  
Anonymous Jeron said...

My spiritual advisor is a Jesuit high school teacher who told me a story similar to the experience of your friend, Fr. Stephanos. And this at a Catholic Jesuit High School!!! (My advisor is as orthodox as they come, btw). He said it was not only disruptive for the learning environment but especially damaging to the teachings of the Church, considering where it was occuring for him. But I think Bob Farrell asks a very good question & I like Panda Rosa's take as well. I think perhaps instead of advocating a day of noise, we could teach about the human dignity of ALL persons and emphasize the Church's teachings on how we should be treating one another regardless of sexual orientation.

7:25 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...


We should wise, just and charitable towards all other persons.

Unfortunately, such things as the "Day of Silence" end up disrupting the lives of those who wish to be wise, just and charitable at school and in matters of sexual morality. Since the "Day of Silence" as a fact disrupts things at schools, and imposes some chaos, it becomes a "violation" of what ought to be justly taking place. It becomes another form of violence.

In a public school, teachers and students do receive persecution for upholding Christian morality.

In fact, Britain just passed laws forbidding any teachings that disapprove of homosexuality. The British law applies even to Catholic schools.

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"England Outlaws Catholic Teaching"

Catholic teachers in Britain won’t be able to present Catholic dogma in Catholic schools anymore because of a new non-discrimination law.

April 8-14, 2007 Issue | Posted 4/3/07 at 8:00 AM

LONDON — Britain has a new law banning Catholic schools from teaching Catholic morals — and it was steered through Parliament by a Catholic.

Under the new Sexual Orientation Regulations, it will be illegal for a teacher in any school, including a Catholic school, to state that homosexual activity is morally wrong, and that this is a teaching that should be accepted as true. A teacher could be prosecuted if a pupil were able to claim that, by teaching the sinfulness of homosexual activity, the teacher had discriminated against him and caused him to feel hurt or humiliated.
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The article is copyrighted, so I cannot put the whole thing here. However, that is the first paragraph.

8:29 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Right below this blogpost, "April 18, 2007: Authentic Marriage", I have now posted longer excerpts from the article, "England Outlaws Catholic Teaching."

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Catholic teachers, fearing prosecution, will be likely to obey the new laws unless they receive direction from the bishops’ conference"

I pray that at least some will be courageous enough to dare prosecution and make a stand.

Christianity was never meant to be convenient.


12:02 PM  
Anonymous Jeron said...

I heard about the SORs. That's really scary.

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Loyolalaw98 said...

Interesting series of comments.

1.) There should be some VALID way of protesting the physical maltreatment of gay or lesbian high school students. Whatever our opinion of homosexual actions, physical violence towards gays should be condemned. I do not particularly see the "disruption" of being silent. A teacher does not have to call on a student he/she knows observing such a benign form of protest.

2.) In regards to what is happening in England happening here, I think this is an unfounded fear. We HAVE a constitution and a bill of rights, they in England DO NOT.

In the USA, the gov't cannot tell a church, or a church school, what it can or cannot say because the Constitution forbids it, and more importantly - BECAUSE NEITHER CHURCHES NOR CHURCH SCHOOLS RECEIVE GOVERNMENT FUNDING.

I always caution my fellow conservatives who are in favor of vouchers that it is a double edged sword. What the State pays for it has a reasonable right to control.

In the last decade, the Canadaian Supreme Court ruled that a Catholic high school had to allow a gay student to bring his boyfriend to his senior prom. Outrage? yes, but with this nuance, in Canada the State fully supports private high schools, it should have been anticipated that this would happen. Given that those parochial schools feed at the public trough, what recourse do they have?

4:14 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

The comments of Loyolalaw98 come from someone with professional standing, and deserve to be heeded.

I don't consider it appropriate to conduct even a benign protest during class.

The website of The Day of Silence says it "is an annual event held to bring attention to anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and discrimination in schools."

I remember when I was in junior high in Hawaii, the only red-headed kid in the entire school stood out for his red hair, but was also noticeably effeminate and liked to overdress. He was constantly and cruelly mocked.

While we do rightly and justly to condemn bullying, harassment and discrimination, the cultural response has leaned in the direction of discrimination against Christians.

Here in San Diego County a high school student wore a shirt bearing Biblical objections to homosexuality. I grant that the shirt and the context were provocative.

However, I fear that anyone attempting to speak up for heterosexual true marriage (even with no mention of Christianity) at a public school would be discriminated against.

What would be the response if on the day after the homosexual day of silence other students were to observe a day of silence in defense of heterosexual marriage?

Would that be allowed?

But where does using the classroom for ones personal protests stop? That's a cultural question broader than the issues of The Day of Silence.

We've had gays take and trample the Eucharist in St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York, during Mass to protest Catholic morality.

On Pentecost Sunday, gays now annually show up in churches at Mass wearing rainbow sashes and standing silently in the middle of the congregation through the whole Mass to protest Catholic morality.

Back to the topic.

My intent on this posting was originally to be ironic in calling attention to the cultural advancement of the gay agenda.

5:02 PM  
Blogger Michael W. Censotti said...

"The comments of Loyolalaw98 come from someone with professional standing, and deserve to be heeded." Whoa!! Are you implying that someone without a law degree isn't worth heeding? Just wondering.

The criteria for being worth heeding should be being a Christian, whether educated formally or informally.

1:22 PM  

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