R.I.P., American Family

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Liberalism is at it again. This time it’s teaming up with gay activists. With the assistance of emotionally charged slogans like tolerance and diversity—always applied selectively—liberals have set their sights on the American family. And it will never be the same.

The culprit is same-sex marriage. The ruse is a combination of buzzwords: “equality,” “freedom,” “love,” “consenting adults.” The argument typically goes like this: Consenting adults who love each other ought to be able to marry. There’s also a corollary with that assumption—though stated less often: Consenting adults who love each other ought to be able to marry, and have kids.

shutterstock_94602133Well, think about the implications of that argument beyond same-sex marriage. There will be no limit to the redefinition of the American family. A husband and multiple women will be able to say: We are consenting adults who love each other and ought to be able to marry—and have kids.

Ditto for a 50-something parent and 20-something child who want to marry. Consenting adults who love each other ought to be able to marry—and have kids.

Remember: that’s the standard that liberals and gay-rights activists have created.

The same will be true for adult siblings who want to marry, or groups of spouses. Consenting adults, after all….

Using the logic of liberals and gay-rights activists, no one—including courts and the law—could object to any of these arrangements.

Who will be the victims? Well, the list is endless, but especially the children who are raised in these incredibly confusing environments.

Of course, American Catholics will have been witting and unwitting dupes in the process. They voted for the liberal politicians that are handmaidens in the destruction. Besides, have you seen the latest polls showing Catholic support for same-sex marriage? I’d say I’m amazed, but I’m not. Hey, decades of miserable and even untried catechesis and Church leadership … this is what you get. I’ve never heard a homily defending traditional marriage. Have you?

The American family, rest in peace.

For Catholic Exchange dot com and Ave Maria Radio, I’m Paul Kengor.


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Dr. Paul Kengor


Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. His books include “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism” and “Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.”

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  • Monica Furr

    We seem to have many “Pious Priests” who unfortunately will not speak up to defend marriage or to defend the unborn.

  • muchafraid

    You nailed this one…no pun intended. This is what becomes of 40+ years of Catholics (including leaders) dissenting from the truth about life, especially wholesale acceptance of artificial birth control. We have NO foundation in arguing against any moral issue, or even understanding them. Pitching out absolute truth does make a mess of everything. Thank you for this article.

  • catholicgirl

    Although I acknowledge the slippery slope that the acceptance artificial birth control has been, I think it is a bit harsh to blame priests for not preaching about marriage. The redefinition of marriage was not foreseen, and it has hit us relatively quickly, like a dark and destructive whirlwind. As many have said, this smacks of satan and his abitily to pull the wool over the sheep’s eyes.

  • I’m afraid that the whole business of the failure of priests to speak from the pulpit on any social issues can squarely be laid at the feet of the Ordinary Form of the Mass, which requires the priest (or deacon) to preach a homily rather than leaving him free to give a sermon. True one would think that a highly educated clergyman would be able to look at, say, the reading on the Woman at the Well and tie that in to why traditional marriage is important. However the trend in homiletics has been not to do that, but rather to incline the homily toward personal spiritual improvement. Not that personal spiritual improvement is not a worthy subject for a homily, but it tends to be the subject of every homily. Yes we all have room for improvement, however since many if not most of the faithful get no other catechesis but the weekly homily the failure to cover the big issues: contraception, abortion, marriage, results in a great lack of understanding of the basis for Catholic teaching on these matters. Note I said the basis of Catholic teaching. I doubt anyone is ignorant of what the Church teaches. They just believe they are free to ignore the teaching and still achieve salvation.

  • InHim

    Our courageous priests in St. Michael, MN have been not only speaking in defense of life and traditional marriage and warning about relativism for years, but have also publicly demonstrated and engaged in civil discourse with those holding positions against God’s law. They have suffered for it too. May God bless and protect our priests and may we, the lay faithful, have the same boldness in our spheres of influence.
    I am embarrassed to live in the state of MN after our elected representatives voted in favor of same-sex “marriage”. I’m ready to move, but then who will be the light if we all did that?

  • Lee

    Go ahead and blame who ever you want! The real blame might just be on every individual themselves, because God gave us free will; and if we Catholics decide to follow the devil and his works , instead of praying for our strength to follow God’s Will we will get what we have allowed to consume our lives at our own will. Thy Will be done, the Truth is right in front of us, but who’s will do we follow. Its always easy to blame failings on someone other than ourselves. God help us save our souls for life in Eternity.

  • JMC

    I have heard a homily defending traditional marriage; it was at Confirmation at my parish church just a few weeks ago, when the bishop was talking to the confirmandi about vocations, and the possibility of marriage…and I quote: One man and one woman, open to new life. The bishop of the diocese of Charleston said that in our church just two weeks ago. And he was applauded for it.

  • I asked my Pastor “what does this mean?” He replied “I don’t know what that means. I would disagree with the statement. It’s quite a stretch to make such a claim.” My Pastor’s homilies: http://www.sacra-pizza-man.org/fr-jeremy-leatherby-homily-podcasts/

    Having attended many Extraordinary Form masses at the FSSP, I still think of my Ordinary Form Pastor as an excellent homilist/sermonist/WHATEVER, with neither distinction nor difference.

    My Pastor teaches the Catholic religion, which alone has the power to save, fearlessly, without respect of human persons.

  • “It’s complicated.” You might like this:

    The early 20th century Diocese of Veneto was the most demonstrably conservative Italian region, as witnessed by mass attendance.

    At the same time, demographic evidence suggests the practice of contraception was prevalent.

    Records from Veneto’s synod of priests between 1916 and 1958 shows that correcting improper practices was deemed liable to foment undue prurient interest.

    Too great a delicacy at a time when the laity’s chastity was already under full assault in the popular media.


    “Ego te absolvo.” The Catholic Route to Birth Control

    “The Church forbids contraceptive methods. But it has always been more indulgent in the confessional, not only today but also in the past. Here is what priests did in the first half of the twentieth century, in one of the most Christianized areas of Italy.”

  • They’re afraid of traumatizing people, women and men, who have unresolved guilt.

    But as reparative apostolates like Rachel’s Vineyard spread, this fear should naturally be alleviated, and they should be able to avoid the Lord’s wrath as expressed in the the second chapter of Malachi.

    Malachi Chapter 2, verse 1 “And now, O priests, this command is for you. 2 If you will not listen, if you will not lay it to heart to give glory to my name, says the LORD of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings; indeed I have already cursed them, because you do not lay it to heart. 3 Behold, I will rebuke your offspring, and spread dung upon your faces, the dung of your offerings, and I will put you out of my presence. 4 So shall you know that I have sent this command to you, that my covenant with Levi may hold, says the LORD of hosts. 5 My covenant with him was a covenant of life and peace, and I gave them to him, that he might fear; and he feared me, he stood in awe of my name. 6 True instruction was in his mouth, and no wrong was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and he turned many from iniquity. 7 For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and men should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts. 8 But you have turned aside from the way; you have caused many to stumble by your instruction; you have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the LORD of hosts, 9 and so I make you despised and abased before all the people, inasmuch as you have not kept my ways but have shown partiality in your instruction.”

  • colcarpenter

    Dr Kengor is fighting the wrong battle. Marriage was broken when the secular world decided to permit divorce with the right to remarriage, and later when the Church in the English speaking world decided to pretend that a valid Catholic marriage was really not a marriage at all so as to allow divorced Catholics to remarry.

    Marriage is broken. Get over it. In generations to come marriage may be able to be re-established as something more important than a public profession of who loves who at this point in time, but that’s not going to happen any time soon.

    In the meantime Catholics and others of good will need to focus on the more important issue of children, and particularly their right to be raised in a safe environment where they can love and be loved by their biological parents; after all isn’t that the whole purpose of marriage. To that end Catholics should lobby now to: Stop the use of donor sperm/ova to produce children; Stop the recognition of marriages whose participants have children from previous relationships; Create greater penalties for those parents who abandon their parental obligations; And give greater support to those single parents struggling to raise their children on their own.

  • colcarpenter

    Monica, given the level of education in the Western world I would have thought most Catholics should be able to figure out the moral issues without the need for priests to state the obvious. Moreover, priests are sourced from the laity, any timidness found in priests probably reflects the timidness of the laity.