Thought for the day

“Life will give you whatever experience is the most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness” ~ Eckhart Tolle

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DEBATE ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE

1. It Is Not Marriage

Calling something marriage does not make it marriage. Marriage has always been a covenant between a man and a woman which is by its nature ordered toward the procreation and education of children and the unity and wellbeing of the spouses.

The promoters of same-sex “marriage” propose something entirely different. They propose the union between two men or two women. This denies the self-evident biological, physiological, and psychological differences between men and women which find their complementarity in marriage. It also denies the specific primary purpose of marriage: the perpetuation of the human race and the raising of children.

Two entirely different things cannot be considered the same thing.

2. It Violates Natural Law

Marriage is not just any relationship between human beings. It is a relationship rooted in human nature and thus governed by natural law.

Natural law’s most elementary precept is that “good is to be done and pursued, and evil is to be avoided.” By his natural reason, man can perceive what is morally good or bad for him. Thus, he can know the end or purpose of each of his acts and how it is morally wrong to transform the means that help him accomplish an act into the act’s purpose.

Any situation which institutionalizes the circumvention of the purpose of the sexual act violates natural law and the objective norm of morality.

Being rooted in human nature, natural law is universal and immutable. It applies to the entire human race, equally. It commands and forbids consistently, everywhere and always. Saint Paul taught in the Epistle to the Romans that the natural law is inscribed on the heart of every man. (Rom. 2:14-15)

3. It Always Denies a Child Either a Father or a Mother

It is in the child’s best interests that he be raised under the influence of his natural father and mother. This rule is confirmed by the evident difficulties faced by the many children who are orphans or are raised by a single parent, a relative, or a foster parent.

The unfortunate situation of these children will be the norm for all children of a same-sex “marriage.” A child of a same-sex “marriage” will always be deprived of either his natural mother or father. He will necessarily be raised by one party who has no blood relationship with him. He will always be deprived of either a mother or a father role model.

Same-sex “marriage” ignores a child’s best interests.

4. It Validates and Promotes the Homosexual Lifestyle

In the name of the “family,” same-sex “marriage” serves to validate not only such unions but the whole homosexual lifestyle in all its bisexual and transgender variants.

Civil laws are structuring principles of man’s life in society. As such, they play a very important and sometimes decisive role in influencing patterns of thought and behavior. They externally shape the life of society, but also profoundly modify everyone’s perception and evaluation of forms of behavior.

Legal recognition of same-sex “marriage” would necessarily obscure certain basic moral values, devalue traditional marriage, and weaken public morality.

5. It Turns a Moral Wrong into a Civil Right

Homosexual activists argue that same-sex “marriage” is a civil rights issue similar to the struggle for racial equality in the 1960s.

This is false.

First of all, sexual behavior and race are essentially different realities. A man and a woman wanting to marry may be different in their characteristics: one may be black, the other white; one rich, the other poor; or one tall, the other short. None of these differences are insurmountable obstacles to marriage. The two individuals are still man and woman, and thus the requirements of nature are respected.

Same-sex “marriage” opposes nature. Two individuals of the same sex, regardless of their race, wealth, stature, erudition or fame, will never be able to marry because of an insurmountable biological impossibility.

Secondly, inherited and unchangeable racial traits cannot be compared with non-genetic and changeable behavior. There is simply no analogy between the interracial marriage of a man and a woman and the “marriage” between two individuals of the same sex.

6. It Does Not Create a Family but a Naturally Sterile Union

Traditional marriage is usually so fecund that those who would frustrate its end must do violence to nature to prevent the birth of children by using contraception. It naturally tends to create families.

On the contrary, same-sex “marriage” is intrinsically sterile. If the “spouses” want a child, they must circumvent nature by costly and artificial means or employ surrogates. The natural tendency of such a union is not to create families.
Therefore, we cannot call a same-sex union marriage and give it the benefits of true marriage.

7. It Defeats the State’s Purpose of Benefiting Marriage

One of the main reasons why the State bestows numerous benefits on marriage is that by its very nature and design, marriage provides the normal conditions for a stable, affectionate, and moral atmosphere that is beneficial to the upbringing of children—all fruit of the mutual affection of the parents. This aids in perpetuating the nation and strengthening society, an evident interest of the State.

Homosexual “marriage” does not provide such conditions. Its primary purpose, objectively speaking, is the personal gratification of two individuals whose union is sterile by nature. It is not entitled, therefore, to the protection the State extends to true marriage.

8. It Imposes Its Acceptance on All Society

By legalizing same-sex “marriage,” the State becomes its official and active promoter. The State calls on public officials to officiate at the new civil ceremony, orders public schools to teach its acceptability to children, and punishes any state employee who expresses disapproval.

In the private sphere, objecting parents will see their children exposed more than ever to this new “morality,” businesses offering wedding services will be forced to provide them for same-sex unions, and rental property owners will have to agree to accept same-sex couples as tenants.

In every situation where marriage affects society, the State will expect Christians and all people of good will to betray their consciences by condoning, through silence or act, an attack on the natural order and Christian morality.

9. It Is the Cutting Edge of the Sexual Revolution

In the 1960s, society was pressured to accept all kinds of immoral sexual relationships between men and women. Today we are seeing a new sexual revolution where society is being asked to accept sodomy and same-sex “marriage.”

If homosexual “marriage” is universally accepted as the present step in sexual “freedom,” what logical arguments can be used to stop the next steps of incest, pedophilia, bestiality, and other forms of unnatural behavior? Indeed, radical elements of certain “avant garde” subcultures are already advocating such aberrations.

The railroading of same-sex “marriage” on the American people makes increasingly clear what homosexual activist Paul Varnell wrote in the Chicago Free Press:

“The gay movement, whether we acknowledge it or not, is not a civil rights movement, not even a sexual liberation movement, but a moral revolution aimed at changing people’s view of homosexuality.”

10. It Offends God

This is the most important reason. Whenever one violates the natural moral order established by God, one sins and offends God. Same-sex “marriage” does just this. Accordingly, anyone who professes to love God must be opposed to it.

Marriage is not the creature of any State. Rather, it was established by God in Paradise for our first parents, Adam and Eve. As we read in the Book of Genesis: “God created man in His image; in the Divine image he created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them, saying: ‘Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it.’” (Gen. 1:28-29)

The same was taught by Our Savior Jesus Christ: “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.” (Mark 10:6-7).

Genesis also teaches how God punished Sodom and Gomorrah for the sin of homosexuality: “The Lord rained down sulphurous fire upon Sodom and Gomorrah. He overthrew those cities and the whole Plain, together with the inhabitants of the cities and the produce of the soil.” (Gen. 19:24-25)

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Rector’s Day

To rejoice with our Guardian and Rector Fr. John Baptist, on the occasion of his Patron’s day on 24th June, Wednesday 2015, we graciously solicit your valuable presence and prayers.

Lovingly,

bodhicap

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Thought for the day

“Success is perceptible … We can touch it, smell it and taste it.”
Written in 2015 by Mohammed Sekouty — Egypt
Read more at http://www.motivateus.com/thoughts-of-the-day.htm#1rGbq7iiTWODh2De.99

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Inauguration of the new academic year 2015-16

Dear,We inaugurated the academic year 2015-16 on 3rd of June 2015. Please see the attached photos
with love and prayer
bodhicap

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Thought for the Day

“Nothing matches the feel and the smell of a book.
There’s something special about holding it in your hand
and knowing that that’s the same story every time,
and you can rely on that story to be with you.”

Capitol Hill Books Patron

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DECLARATION ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DIGNITATIS HUMANAE ON THE RIGHT OF THE PERSON AND OF COMMUNITIES TO SOCIAL AND CIVIL FREEDOM IN MATTERS RELIGIOUS PROMULGATED BY HIS HOLINESS POPE PAUL VI

DECLARATION ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

DIGNITATIS HUMANAE

ON THE RIGHT OF THE PERSON AND OF COMMUNITIES

TO SOCIAL AND CIVIL FREEDOM IN MATTERS RELIGIOUS

PROMULGATED BY HIS HOLINESS

POPE PAUL VI

ON DECEMBER 7, 1965

On the Right of the Person and of Communities to Social and Civil Freedom in Religious Matters

  1. The dignity of the human person presses itself on the conscience of man. This Vatican Council proposes to declare it to be greatly in accord with truth and justice. God has made known to man the way in which He is to be worshiped, thus saved by Christ, and these teachings subsist in the Catholic and Apostolic Church. Religious freedom is necessary to worship God and has to do with immunity from coercion in civil society.

Chapter 1 – General Principles of Religious Freedom

  1. The human person has a right to religious freedom and no one is to be forced to act in a manner contrary to his own beliefs, whether privately or publicly. This write has a foundation and the dignity of the human person.
  2. The highest norm of human life is the divine law, where every man has the duty and the right to seek truth in religious matters in order that he may form right and true judgments of conscience. Man is to follow his conscience in order that he may not be forced to act in a manner contrary to that, nor should he be restrained from acting in accordance with his conscience.
  3. Religious communities rightfully claim freedom to govern themselves according to their own norms, should not be hindered by legal measures, or to teach publicly and witness to their faith.
  4. The family has a right to live its own domestic religious life under the guidance of parents, who have the right to determine the kind of religious education that their children are to receive.
  5. The care of the right to religious freedom to devolves upon the whole citizenry, upon social groups, government, the Church, and other religious communities. The protection of these rights is essential to government, who is to see the quality of citizens before the law.
  6. Religious freedom is exercised in human society, hence its exercise is subject to certain regulatory norms. However the government is not to act in an arbitrary fashion or in an unfair spirit of partisanship.
  7. This Council urges everyone to do their utmost to form men who will respect the moral order and obedience to lawful authority, and who will be lovers of true freedom.

Chapter 2 – Religious Freedom in the Light of Revelation

  1. The rights of man to religious freedom has in its foundation in the dignity of the person and its roots in divine revelation.
  2. It is one of the major tenants of Catholic doctrine that a man’s response to God must be free: no one therefore is to be forced to embrace the Christian faith against his own will.
  3. God calls man to serve him in spirit and truth, hence they are bound in conscience but this day and under no compulsion. We see an example of this when Jesus sent His apostles into the world saying that those who are baptize will be saved, and those who are not will be condemned. But He was speaking of God at harvest time, which is the end of the world, refusing to be a political messiah who rules by force.
  4. Throughout the ages the Church has kept safe and handed on the doctrine received from the Master and from the apostles. Thus the leaven of the Gospel has long been about its quite work in the minds of men.
  5. Among the things that concern the good of the church and indeed the welfare of society here on earth is preeminent that the church should enjoy that full measure of freedom which her care for the salvation of men requires.
  6. In order to be faithful to the divine command, “teach all nations,” the Christian faithful should carefully attend to the sacred and certain doctrine of the Church.
  7. The fact remains that men in the present day one to be able to freely profess their religion in private and in public. Many countries have this freedom, but many countries don’t. May God grant all of the human family religious freedom.
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