"And the Pharisees coming to him asked him: Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him. But he answering, saith to them: What did Moses command you? Who said: Moses permitted to write a bill of divorce, and to put her away. To whom Jesus answering, said: Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you that precept.
"But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female. For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother; and shall cleave to his wife. And they two shall be in one flesh. Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. And in the house again his disciples asked him concerning the same thing.
"And he saith to them:
Whosoever shall put away his wife and marry another, committeth
adultery against her. And
if the wife shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she
committeth adultery. And
they brought to him young children, that he might touch them. And the
disciples rebuked them that brought them. Whom when Jesus saw, he was
much displeased, and saith to them: Suffer the little children to come
unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God. Amen I
say to you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little
child, shall not enter into it."
Thus marriage is only between a man and woman for life, open to life
[the begetting of children], which the priest stressed at least twice,
after first speaking about the changes in society that a Catholic
cannot uphold as a good thing or a right. He was addressing the
November referendum in Maine whereby so-called "gays" can be given the
"right" of marriage, an impossibility because there is only one
definition of marriage, immutable, not only under the Divine law but
the natural law. He referred to the natural law at least twice with
At long last!
The elderly priest was retired until recently. He had made a
pilgrimage to various churches and or shrines in Italy. At that time he
was somewhat liberal, confusingly so, on some Church doctrine and or
practice. Upon his return he told his parishioners that he had decided
to come back to active ministry rather than remain in retirement, only
helping out here and there. He said that in Italy he had experienced a
conversion. And to all it is quite apparent.
As far as I can remember, this is the first time that a diocesan
priest has even mentioned the natural law. This priest not only did so,
his manner was cogent and compelling, obliterating the previous sermon
wherein the dissenting priest served to obfuscate and confuse, perhaps
leading those who are weak to follow the path of least resistance
on the referendum.
The Catholic people are starving not only for the unvarnished truth,
they require a certain trumpet without shame or the appearance of
recalcitrancy, "the on the one hand, but on the other hand" bilge we
are used to hearing so often when it comes to our responsibilities as
voters and citizens of a democratic republic.
Bravo, good Father, well done!