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It meant no birth and no control. It is not gay and it is not marriage. Chesterton was so consistently right in his pronouncements and prophecies because he understood that anything that attacked the family was bad for society. It is safe to say that Chesterton stood up against every trend and fad that plagues us today because every one of those trends and f undermines the family.
There is a constant commercial and cultural pressure on father, mother, and child. They are minimized and marginalized and, yes, mocked. This latest attack on the family is neither the latest nor the worst. But it has a shock value to it, in spite of the process of de-sensitization that the information and entertainment industries have been putting us through the past several years.
The promotion and acceptance of lifeless, barren, selfish sex has logically progressed to homosexuality. Chesterton shows that the problem of homosexuality as an enemy of civilization is quite old. It is the carpe diem religion. When sex is only a momentary pleasure, when it offers nothing beyond itself, it brings no fulfillment. It is literally lifeless. And as Chesterton writes in his book St. Francis of Assisi, the minute sex ceases to be a servant, it becomes a tyrant. This is perhaps the most profound analysis of the problem of homosexuals: they are slaves to sex. Sin has consequences.
Yet Chesterton always maintains that we must condemn the sin and not the sinner. And no one shows more compassion for the fallen than G. In that sense one might call it a perfect life, as one speaks of a perfect equation; it cancels out. On the one hand we have the healthy horror of the evil; on the other the healthy horror of the punishment. It was a sin that was never a temptation for Chesterton, and he says that it is no great virtue for us never to commit a sin for which we are not tempted. That is another reason we must treat our homosexual brothers and sisters with compassion.
We know our own sins and weaknesses well enough. Everyone you meet is fighting a terrible battle. Chesterton points out that balance that our truth must not be pitiless, but neither can our pity be untruthful. Homosexuality is a disorder. It is contrary to order. They can never be normal. And worse yet, they can never even be even.
That road goes down and down. Marriage is between a man and a woman. That is the order. And the Catholic Church teaches that it is a sacramental order, with divine implications. The world has made a mockery of marriage that has now culminated with homosexual unions. But it was heterosexual men and women who paved the way to this decay. Divorce, which is an abnormal thing, is now treated as normal. Contraception, another abnormal thing, is now treated as normal.
Abortion is still not normal, but it is legal. And it will add to the downward spiral of our civilization. We will merely destroy ourselves by disregarding the family. Dale Ahlquist is the president and co-founder of the American Chesterton Society. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense. Chesterton Ignatius. He lives near Minneapolis with his wife and six children. This post originally appeared at Catholic Exchange and it is reprinted with permission.
Joseph digital poster. You make me ashamed to be a Catholic. Then you will understand what we are talking about. I challenge you to find out. God bless. Adam, Jesus, God himself incarnate, said that Marriage is between a man and a woman, as it was in the beginning. Furthermore, it is evidently clear from Jesus, that he does not come to change the law or the prophets; therefore the applicability of all the Jewish Scriptures as Jesus is a Jew are relevant, as the denunciation of Marcion was to the Early Church.
Either get right with Jesus, or seek out a new faith. If man has no God to look up to, he must take the crown himself. Adam, If this article makes you ashamed to be a Catholic, then you are ashamed of your faith. What the Church has taught cannot be changed. Marriage is between a man and a woman for the procreation of children. The State historically understood this and that was why it had a interest in promoting it. But as the State has given into modern pressures to alter long-standing understandings, the fabric unravels. Marriage hardly binds now since divorce is so liberalized.
All your so-called fellow Catholics are not Catholic at all then if they fight to change the teachings. Legally bound by love is not good enough. All 50 states will soon be reduced to 50 collapsed empires. Truth is not determined by majority vote, as Pope Benedict pointed out. You cannot be ashemed to be a Catholic because of this article.
Because if you were you would be denying a doctrine of the Church. Which by definition means you are not a Catholic. That makes very little sense. Likewise, it makes very little sense to change the traditional definition at all, as it does not reflect the basic set of concerns that gave rise to the institution in all locations and cultures. Gay couples can obtain the same rites and benefits of a married couple through de facto relationships without redefining marriage itself. I recommend that you begin your appreciation for what Marriage means by reading a little book by CS Lewis called the 4 Loves.
Give me a break. Honesty on their part should also be a given; but, that cannot not be assumed either. By the way; Marriage is not a right. Raising children is not a right and confusing digestive organs for sexual organs is and always will be disordered. Adam, you should be ashamed to call yourself a Catholic, you and your fellow heretics make the Church look bad.
A scandal which is crying out to heaven, because not only do you proclaim on the housetops your abomination, you spread errors to others who have the right to know the truth. God have mercy on you. Adam, Sorry but God always wins in the end. The Church speaks for God on these matters and She is very clear on this, and you are wrong. Love has nothing to do with laws or legality — it has everything to do with covenant. I cannot think of any stronger bond than children which are are the fruit of the love between a man and a woman.
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What’s Wrong With the World by G. K. Chesterton, PART ONE. THE HOMELESSNESS OF MAN. VII. THE FREE FAMILY